Friday, February 24, 2017

Three-part Comparative Religions of East Asia series at Carnegie Library West End, starting March 4.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's West End branch will hold three Comparative Religions talks on East Asia, starting March 4 with "Comparative Religious - China, Korea and Japan".
For three weeks in March, CLP-West End will host Steve Joseph — Dean of Library Services and professor of Comparative Religions at Butler County Community College — for an hour long lecture and discussion of religions in East Asia.

This first lecture will focus on the neighbors China, Korea and Japan, and touch on religious themes that are present in all three cultures, as well as how practices of the same religion, like Buddhism, differ across East Asia.
The March 11 session is on "Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism":
The second lecture in our three part comparative religion series, hosted by Steve Joseph, will examine the themes, similarities and differences between Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Each religion (or philosophy, if you prefer) exerted great influence over social, political and religious thought and practice throughout China, Korea and Japan. Learn about their origins, basic tenants and points of emphasis.
And the March 18 session on "Buddhism and Shinto":
During the third and final comparative religion lecture at CLP-West End, we will focus on Japan to examine the island nation’s differences with it’s mainland neighbors. How Buddhism evolved there and how Shinto worship came to be, and what it symbolizes, will be the focus of our religious inquiry.
The events run from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and are free and open to the public. The West End branch is located at 47 Wabash Street (map).