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Dharma Transmission: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein and Dawn Scott
Dates: Nov 23, 2020
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Instructor(s): Joseph Goldstein, Dawn Scott, William Edelglass

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How are we called to transmit and receive Buddhist wisdom and practice today?  This is an especially important question for contemporary students and those who themselves are training to become dharma teachers and their mentors.  What is the significance of the mentor-mentee relationship?  In what ways might American-convert Buddhism be transformed as the community of students and dharma teachers becomes more diverse?  From its beginning, Buddhism has emphasized that impermanence is a mark of all existence; it is not surprising that as it has been transmitted to different cultures, across vast geographical regions over more than two millennia, Buddhism itself has been constantly changing. As Buddhadharma is transmitted and transformed by a new generation, how do we remain grounded in the liberating wisdom and practices of the traditions we have inherited even as we directly address the turbulence and urgency of our times, and share these teachings with an ever-growing and changing community of practitioners?

Join us for an evening of meditation and conversation as we explore these questions with BCBS co-founder Joseph Goldstein, BCBS teacher Dawn Scott, and BCBS Director of Studies William Edelglass.


Online Event: The schedule for this event (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Monday, November 23

7:30 – 9:00 pm


Please check the time of the program in your timezone here. A video of the conversation will be posted on our website after the event.

  • Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS. He has been teaching vipassanā and mettā retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, he helped establish BCBS and, more recently, IMS's Forest Refuge. He is the author of One Dharma, The Experience of Insight, and Insight Meditation, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.

  • Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008, is a Diamond Heart practitioner, and currently serves as the Family Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches teen retreats at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is a scholar who has practiced in several Buddhist traditions. In addition to teaching at dharma centers, William taught in a federal prison in New York, as a wilderness guide for many years, and at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India. William is co-editor of Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings, the Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, and Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought.