Perhaps the most important development in modern Buddhism is its emphasis on social engagement. Buddhism originated in a very different historical context, but its traditional teachings have important implications for the cultural and environmental challenges that face us today. In particular, what does Buddhism offer that can help us understand, and respond to, the ecological crisis? The short answer is: a new version of the bodhisattva path.
Well-known Zen-teacher and philosopher, David Loy will present his view on how Buddhism can help us understand and respond to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced.
This event can only be attended physically at our studio. The recordings will be made available later on and can be viewed via or via our YouTube channel.

David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.

Ferial Saatchi Sabelis studied Philosophy and Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam and obtained her Teaching degree in Philosophy at Utrecht University. She has researched the possibility of an ethical foundation within a postmodern context in continental philosophy. Her master’s thesis was awarded the NBN-Rabobank Thesis Prize 2015. She is also chair of the Filosofie Oost-West network.

Arjo Klamer is visiting professor of humane economics at the VU. His book: ‘Doing the Right Thing’ introduces a value based aproach to the economy. With his associates he is developing the so called Quality Impact Monitor.

Kees Klomp studied political science and communication sciences at the University of Amsterdam. His book Thrive: Fundamentals for a new Economy was published last year, in which he and Shinta Oosterwaal consult with the most important and innovative economic thinkers, such as Kate Raworth, Charles Eisenstein, Clair Brown, Helena Norberg and Daniel Wahl. For an economy that focuses more on people and well-being than just profit.

This event is supported by the Willem de Haan foundation.

The moderator of this event is
Natasja van den Berg