Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis


Dr Susan Murphy, Zen Master

Start Date

9th Sep 2016 5:30pm

The Zen koan, and the planetary crisis staring us all in the face as global temperatures soar:  What can they possibly have in common?  Both force a kind of crisis in consciousness, one that has the power to awaken and heal awareness into a state of greater resilience and capacity.  Can the riches of the Zen tradition help to strengthen this potential?

The Zen koan is a little known but rich source of dynamic forms of wisdom that obliges a radical realignment of consciousness with reality, and makes available a valuable fund of creative energy that enjoys close empathic affinity with the earth. This talk will explore some of the ways Zen can help point the way to a genuine planetary awareness that this crisis of the earth may be seen as the great chance to wake up.

Susan Murphy

Dr Susan Murphy is a former academic and Queen Elizabeth II ARC Fellow in the fields of film history and social ecology.

For thirty years she has also been a committed student of Zen, fifteen of those as an authorised and widely recognised Zen master, founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney and teacher of the Melbourne Zen Group, author of Upside Down Zen (2006 and 2008), Minding the Earth, Mending the World (2012 and 2014), and Red Thread Zen (October 2016).

She is also a screenwriter, prize-winning feature film maker, and frequent radio documentary features producer for ABC Radio National (360 Documentaries, Earshot).

This FREE event is open to all members of the public.

  • Friday 9 September 2016, 5.30 - 7.00 pm
  • Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus

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