Buddha, Krishna, and Christ
A Zoom Talk with Robert McDermott
Feb 23, 2021 7:00 PM Pacific Time
Rudolf Steiner delivered two sets of lectures on Krishna of the Bhagavad Gita—one on His occult significance and one on the Gita and St. Paul. He also lectured and commented on Buddha—both the historical Gautama and the future Maitreya. In approximately the same years, 1909-13, he delivered more than a hundred lectures on Jesus of Nazareth and Christ. Drawing primarily on Rudolf Steiner’s According to Luke (previously published as The Gospel of St. Luke), this lecture (to be delivered virtually) will summarize these lectures and suggest ways we might think about the relationships among Krishna, Buddha, and Christ.
Robert McDermott, PhD. Except for nine years as president of The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), 1990-99, he has been teaching philosophy and comparative religion since 1964. He has published extensively on Sri Aurobindo and Rudolf Steiner, including The Essential Aurobindo, The New Essential Steiner, The Bhagavad Gita and the West, and Steiner and Kindred Spirits (2015). He was secretary of the American Academy of Religion, Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the Open University, and director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Project for the Study of Hinduism and Buddhism. For 14 years he was chair of the board of Sophia Project (two homes in Oakland, CA, for mothers and children at risk of homelessness, an affiliate of Camphill). He has been president and board chair of many other institutions. With Debashish Banerji he is co-authoring Sri Aurobindo and Modern Thought and Krishna, Buddha, Christ, and Sophia.
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