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Happy Zen Buddhist, Existential, Christian Easter
April 1, 2018, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Christians have long claimed Easter as unique to followers of Jesus Christ. The great festival of Christ’s resurrection stands as the pinnacle, defining event for Christianity. But the theme of Easter, overcoming death with the promise of new life, does not belong to Christianity alone. Death awaits us all, and all cultures and religions have explored the implications of mortality on how we live our lives. Buddhism begins with a declaration that our mortal lives consist of dukkha, a sense of anxiety and unhappiness rooted in the impermanence of everything we wish could last. Nothing lasts, nothing remains. If that is true, how do we find the courage to endure and a deeper ground of meaning to liberate us from our fear? Contemporary existential philosophy also paid focused attention on our awareness of death, and how it shapes our experience of life. Camus called it the only real philosophical question.
David’s talk for Easter takes a Unitarian perspective on the great festival of Easter through the lens of Zen Buddhism’s idea of the “death of death” and the existentialist idea of “courage”. Exploring alternative ways of interpreting the ancient resurrection story provides insights beyond literal interpretation, allowing us to claim deeper meanings today. So, “Happy Zen Buddhist, Existential, Christian Easter Everybody!”