How The Light Gets In is the UK’s first philosophy and music festival in Hay on-Wye which runs over the same ten days, 22-31 May, as the Hay Literary Festival. For the first time ever in the UK, music and philosophy collide as top thinkers, leading musicians and pioneering artists explore the issues that matter through debate, music and live performance. With the overall theme: ‘Crunch. Values and Belief in a new era’ the Philosophy Sessions examine where we are and where we might go from here. The festival brings together a celebrated cast of speakers including philosophers Simon Blackburn, Susan Neiman, AC Grayling, sociologists, Steve Fuller, Zygmunt Bauman, and political theorists Will Hutton, Phillip Blond, Geoff Mulgan. Evenings are host to musical sets from performers including Michael Nyman, Baka Beyond, Stephen Fretwell and many more; and daily comedy sketches come courtesy of the likes of Ed Aczel and Robin Ince.
“Fredrick M. Smith from the University of Iowa presented his talk on “Indian Buddhist Sociolinguistics and Buddhist Notions of Possession: A Fragment from the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa” on April 30, 2009 as part of the Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar series.”
The podcast is at http://www.cbs.columbia.edu/files/cbss_podcast_smith.mp3
The Centre for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University (New York) has some excellent material online – start at its blog at http://www.cbs.columbia.edu/weblog/