The Elusive Self in Life and Death

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Event Details

Date:
9 August 2018 at 6:30 pm – 14 August 2018 at 8:30 pm
Venue:
Monash College
Campus:
Monash College, CBD
Open to:
Monash alumni, staff, students and the public
Cost:
This is a free event
Categories:
Alumni; Conferences & Exhibitions; Faculty of Arts; Public lectures

Description

Professor Shaun Nichols and his colleagues spent months exploring attitudes towards death among Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in India.

Their exploration was prompted by the Buddhist argument that we should not fear the idea of death because there is no enduring self. At most we (ourselves) are a collection of values, convictions, and memories undergoing constant change. From this perspective, the future “you" who dies will not be the same person as “you" today. Because Tibetan Buddhists embrace the view that there is no enduring self, they should be less afraid of death. But are they?

The findings may surprise you.


Name
Dr Monima Chadha
E-Mail
monima.chadha@monash.edu
Organisation
Monash Arts