Geshe Jinpa Thupten on translating Buddhist sources of knowledge

“In some sense I’m a universalist at heart and I generally believe that any particular insight into the human condition, any particular technique for cultivating greater happiness and overcoming of suffering and making people become more rooted, grounded, and centred, that may have been developed anywhere historically in different parts of the world in different cultures should now be made available to the larger community.”

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, General Series Editor of the Library of Tibetan Classics, talks about translating classic Tibetan texts for the Western world and the challenges entailed in bringing these texts out of their cultural context.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Lauren Leve on Buddhism in the New Nepal

“The structure of capitalism is changing in ways that force people, compel people to shape shift all the time.”

Lauren Leve, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina, talks about how Buddhism is being transformed in contemporary Nepal.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Kwame McKenzie – Globalization and Mental Health

“Globalization itself, the idea of everyone connecting isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the way it’s being enacted is causing problems”

Kwame McKenzie, of the Univesity of Toronto shares his thoughts about mental health issues surrounding globalization. In a globalized economy, city centres swell as populations move from rural to urban spaces to better access opportunities, especially in low income countries. In tandem with higher urbanization there is an increased prevalence of depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and poverty, which presents a pressing mental health issue in a time of rapid social change. ┬áStressing the link of mental well being to economic prosperity,┬áDr. McKenzie advocates for a public health approach where the causes of mental health problems are addressed directly, as a better alternative to increasing services, which he feels is “a solution” but not “the solution”.

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