The Buddhism and Psychology Student Union (BPSU) is a child of the ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and the mind sciences. Our main aim is to offer a forum for University of Toronto students to openly investigate and uncover whatever implications this dialogue may bring. Additionally, we hope to provide opportunities for our members to integrate the Dharma into their other academic and personal pursuits. Although BPSU represents students in the Buddhism, Psychology, & Mental Health program, everyone is welcome to attend our academic and social events. More importantly, everyone is encouraged to participate in what we feel is an expansion of what it means to study the body-mind complex.
The University of Toronto Buddhism & Psychology Students’ Union and the Jungian Society are proud to present the third in our Mind Matters symposium series: MIND MATTERS III: Desire & Entanglement. The Mind Matters conference exists to serve a unique purpose within the campus intellectual life: the bold examination of psychological questions from academic perspectives beyond mainstream psychology. To that end, the conference has always sought to approach big questions, and our past years’ focus on Madness, and then Wisdom, have served as a remarkable framework for talks that open and question these issues at the very heart of human experience. This year’s conference theme, Desire & Entanglement, continues that trend, taking a fundamental concern and examining it through many different lenses: What exactly is desire? What should we desire? Who should we desire? What does it mean to live in a culture of consumer marketing where needless desire powers the engine of prosperity? Desire exists at the nexus of economics, sex, personal growth, and spirituality. It even paradoxically enfolds our desire to be free of the power of desire itself. Inviting our four speakers – University of Toronto star-lecturers Dr. John Vervaeke and Dr. Jordan Peterson, and esteemed visiting scholars Dr. Paul Fulton and Dr. Jose Cabezon – to speak on these subjects and discuss their implications from many perspectives, we hope to expand the academic discourse and forge connections between often isolated fields, while allowing a conversation about the nature, role, and implications of Desire in our civilisation to emerge.read more
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