BUDDHA AND HERACLITUS
In India one notices an amazing similarity between the Buddhist concepts of “Impermanence/Dependent Origination” and the Pre-Socratic Heraclitean concept of universal “Flux” (“all things pass and nothing stays, and comparing existing things to the flow of a river, …you could not step twice into the same river” (Plato Cratylus)). Upon further investigation I found that both Heraclitusand Siddhārtha Gautama (The Buddha) were not only contemporaries and shared the same “river” metaphor, but literally walked the earth at exactly the same time circa 500BC (though clearly different continents). Thought a good starting point for the July discussion might be to take a look the state of Eastern and Western philosophy at the timein terms of these respective notions.
All those who RSVP for the July meeting (whether attending or not) will be sent a short, interesting and obscure paper on the topic. Hope to see you on Monday night July 15th.
PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING IS TECHNICALLY ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH SINCE JULY 1 WAS A MONDAY!