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Sunday Gathering: Jordan McKinney “Creating a Pure Land on Earth: My Time in the Mountains”
July 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Doors open at 10:30 am for coffee and conversation.
Sunday Gathering begins at 11 a.m.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Program ends at 12:30 p.m.
Community Moment: Jim Fisk
Musical Guest: Dan York
The Fo Guang Shan monastery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is the headquarters of a contemporary movement in East Asian Buddhism. Drawing its lineage from Linji Chan masters, their outreach organization, Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) spans five continents and has thousands of followers carrying the mantle of Pure Land (Jingtu) Buddhism.
A look behind the massive doors of the monastery presents vignettes of an expansive cross-section of social issues inside the cloister: poverty, healthcare availability, politics and homosexuality. Religious ideas spanning completely different religions find common fertile soil among their followers. A quest for enlightenment shared by 40 students from the West continues amidst one of the worst typhoons in the island’s history.
Jordan McKinney received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. He completed graduate-level coursework in Buddhist studies under Dr. Daniel Stevenson, who recommended him to the Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP). In 2005 and 2006, Jordan traveled to Taiwan and Japan and was given a “backstage pass” to experience life within the monastic cloister with the nuns and monks of Fo Guang Shan.
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