Address at the United Nations
at the International Celebration of Vesak
May 7, 2012
Venerable Members of the Sangha, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
We have gathered here today in the Hall of the General Assembly at the United Nations to celebrate Vesak, the day that commemorates the birth, the enlightenment, and the parinirvana of Lord Buddha. Throughout its long history of 2600 years, Buddhism has contributed in incalculable ways to the ennobling of humanity. It has offered moral guidance, a refined system of values, profound philosophies, methods of personal cultivation, and inspiring ideals that express the highest visions of the human potential. From its origins in northern India it spread throughout Asia and became the spiritual heart of the greatest Asian cultures. Over the past two centuries, its universal message has spoken to people in all continents, and it now has won an increasing number of adherents in the West. MORE >
It Takes Two to Tango:
The Human Future and the Future of Buddhism
This lecture was given at a session of "Google Tech Talks" at a Google site in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lecture was given on November 3, 2010.
Towards an Integral Model of Buddhism
This lecture was given to the board members and volunteers of Buddhist Global Relief during a Board Retreat. It is an early attempt by Ven. Bodhi to develop a model for understanding and practicing Buddhism suitable for the post-modern stage of mind’s evolution. A Domain Matika that illustrates the structure of realms and their interconnectness can be downloaded as a PDF. The lecture was given on April 10th, 2010, at Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, NJ.