Books and Bridges: A Dialogue Between Eastern and Western Spiritualities

Wesley Sasaki-Uemura, Professor of Asian History at the University of Utah, will discuss the false binary between east and west. Though eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism might seem polar opposites to the Judeo-Christian tradition, they actually share common ground. The professor will place these traditions into dialogue with each other, counter-posing classic works like the Bhagavad Gita with the Book of Job, Plato’s “Euthyphro” with Confucius’ Analects, or the Buddhist tale of “Mulian” with Dante’s Inferno. In this way, he will probe differences and congruences in both doctrine and practice among these diverse traditions. A Q&A and refreshments will follow. The lecture is free, open to the public, and made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102