Hingham Library Calendar
Contemporary Buddhism: Not Your Parents’ Buddhism! (And How You Can Use Insights and Practices Wherever You Are) (Video Conference)
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 11:35 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: UMass Boston; Healey Library, Lower Level (LL). register through email@example.com. Free to Hingham library card holders.
Not so long ago, Buddhism was a faraway phenomenon. But there are new forms, and new influences, and new worlds that Buddhists inhabit! This talk will explore those new forms, influences, and worlds. One Massachusetts community, Lowell, has 45,000 Americans who are Cambodian Buddhists. Our spiritual heroes used to be Protestant, Catholic, and Jew: Dr. King, M. Therese, Elie Wiesel; the contemporary world’s most celebrated are Buddhists: the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar. And in Tibet, in Southeast Asia, and in China, Buddhists have been forced to deal with a new world, our world, and many have chosen not to run away from it, or fight it, as do the fundamentalists. The Result: a spiritual discipline, religious thought, and engaged morality for our Century. Mindfulness, social-activism, compassion, and peace. Pre-registration required.
Presenter: Richard Pierce studied world religions at Yale. He is a Vietnam veteran and has spent considerable time in East Asia studying Buddhism. His major academic field has been Judaism, and he studied and worked for some years with his teacher, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. He is a Pastor of the Riverside Church in Lawrence, MA.
This is a free program.
Time: 11:35 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dates: June 4, 2013
Location: Hingham Public Library; 66 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA
Facilitator: Renee McInnes
Description: It’s not just the calories – it’s the chemicals. This presentation explores the world of food and its benefits to help you find a balance in everyday life, achieve weight loss without dieting, reduce stress, sleep well, and more.
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org 617-287-7312 Free to Hingham residents
VIDEO CONFERENCE FROM UMASS-BOSTON
Register through OLLIreg@gmail.com. Free to Hingham card holders. Class limited to 15 in Hingham.
Throughout the centuries, great art has helped those unable to read and those who don’t read the Bible closely to visualize great moments in Biblical history. Due to changing cultural circumstances throughout the centuries, artists have often unintentionally misled subsequent generations about what the Bible actually describes. Christmas is a great example: The Holy Family is usually depicted in a stable or shed, whereas Christ’s birth most likely happened in a cave. Scenes depicting the shepherds and Wise Men together at the scene of His birth contradict scripture, which suggests their visits happened a year or two apart. Much of the world celebrates January 6 as the Feast of the Three Kings, but the Bible mentions neither kings nor the number 3. This presentation seeks to distinguish between what the Bible contains and what historians say happened in the Old and New Testaments, and the images the public conceives, based on artistic representations. Those devastated to discover that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy aren’t real should stay away from this Brown Bag!
Presenter: Since the fall of 2006, Christopher Harding, who earned a PhD in English literature from Harvard University, has been facilitating OLLI courses on Shakespeare and Mystery Novel Appreciation. Two years ago he received a Certificate from The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) at Saint John's Seminary. Dr. Harding has given two previous Brown Bags on Bible and Classical Art themes: the first on the relationship between male figures in the Old and New Testaments, and the second on the relationship between female figures in the Old and New Testaments.
- Please feel free to attend any time (do come a couple of times to check us out!), but we ask that you enter the discussion only if you have done the reading for that session.
- We want to have a balanced discussion and hear from everyone who wants to participate, so it's important that no one dominate the discussion.
- We prefer to have only one person speaking at a time so we encourage attentive listening and and discourage side conversations.
- Great Books suggests that we focus on the reading itself, limiting our discussion to our interpretations of and questions about that particular piece rather than other writings by the author, the author's background, similar writings by other authors, or our own personal experiences. We are pretty good about this. We have also been known to deviate...
Typically we read essays, short stories, occasional poetry, and excerpts from larger tomes, generally not more than about 40 pages at a time. Everyone from Plato to present day authors. The first meeting of the month we have been reading from publications by the Great Books Society. On the second meeting of the month we have chosen other selections. For information about current readings, please contact Martha Cochrane at 617-838-7441.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Cohasset/Hingham/Hull/Scituate will be meeting to plan the event from 6:30-7:30pm and then to provide the team captains with information from 7:30-8:15pm.
The actual event will be on Friday June 28- Saturday June 29th at DCR's Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA. Please contact Rebecca Ybarra at 508-897-4343 or Rebecca.Ybarra@cancer.org for more information.
The Hingham Democratic Town Committee is the local arm of the Democratic Party. The HDTC members share a common vision aligned with the principles of the Democratic Party and work locally in a variety of ways to support these principles.
The committee normally meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Hingham Public Library. Next HDTC Meeting will be on April 18, 2013 at 7:15PM. For more information or voter registration please contact Carlos AF Da Silva at email@example.com 781-267-6333 or check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HinghamDemocraticTownCommittee
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