Buddhism, Technology & the Future – David Kittay

Join Columbia Religion Professor David Kittay in a 4-session seminar, where we will, together, explore the present and future of technology and religion:

Buddhism Technology Future

modeled after his over-subscribed seminar at Columbia, “Technology Religion Future.”


Buddhism

February 3, 6-8 pm: The Heart of Technology
Read: Kittay, Lost at Last, Chapters 1, 5, and 6; The Heart Sutra (from Thurman, Essential Tibetan Buddhism); Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane, pp. 8-18; Kelly, What Technology Wants, pp. 1-17.

If, as the Heart Sutra tells us, form is voidness and voidness is form, what is technology?

Technology

February 10, 6-8 pm: Social Media Meets Timeless Omniscience
Read: Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Ch. 1; Harari, “The World after Coronavirus;” Rovelli, The Order of Time, pp. 1-36; Bhayabherava Sutta – The Fear and Dread Sutra.

How will late stage capitalism and Covid 19 affect technology? How will technology affect us? And what does tech have to do with time and Buddhism?

Future

February 24, 6-8 pm: The Technological Singularity – Enlightenment for Everyone?
Read: Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near, ch. 1; Doctor, “True Love for the Artificial? Towards the Possibility of Bodhisattva Relations with Machines.”

Can enlightenment be technological?

March 3, 6-8 pm: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? So What?
Read: Bostrum, “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?”

What would that mean about reality? Should it affect the way we live? What’s the Buddhist take on this?

First-responders, health-care workers, and military personnel are invited as guests to all programs. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Wednesdays; 6-8pm EST | February 3, 10, 24, and March 3

Registration fee: $20 to attend all four sessions | REGISTER HERE

Dr. David Komodo Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia, where his courses are called “life changing,” translates exoteric and esoteric Buddhist texts, and founded and teaches at The Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities at the Drew Hamilton Houses on 143rd St. He is a Tibet House Board member. His latest publication is The Vajra Rosary Tantra, available from Wisdom Publications.