Cuong Lu - Mind Only - is host and speaker at the 1st Mind Only international conference, Friday 15 November 2019. Dan Lusthaus - Harvard University - and Erik de Jongh - VU - are distinguished guest speakers who, together with Cuong Lu, share their knowledge and insights in Buddhist psychology . Actress Birgit Schuurman plays the theatrical performance Prison monologues 2. She shares her experience and asks us: what is true and what is not? What is a perpetrator and what a victim?
The Afternoon program offers workshops and presentations with a focus on the practical application of Buddhist psychology in the tradition of Mind Only. More detailed information about the content of workshops and lectures will be published prior to the conference date.
Dan Lusthaus (Harvard University, USA) is an American researcher and writer on Buddhism. A graduate of Temple University's Department of Religion, he became a specialist in Yogācāra Dan Lusthaus taught at different universities in USA. At present he is a department member of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. His book Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogācāra Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shih Lu was published in 2002.
Erik de Jongh
Erik de Jongh (VU Amsterdam) is a researcher and teacher of spirituality and leadership. His spiritual path was marked by the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola (Jesuit). He is currently assistant professor of Spirituality and Leadership and coordinates the Spiritual Care program at VU.
Erik has an MA in business administration and a BA in theology. His PhD dissertation was on workplace spirituality.
Being on the fringe. Happiness, unhappiness and bad luck. They are all familiar to Birgit. She is an actress, singer, filmmaker and storyteller. Fervent and intense, she describes her work in the Bijlmerbajes, where she gave 25 performances of Prison Monologues 2 this year. She is now performing in prisons throughout the Netherlands. She plays the addict mother of Jack, an attacker who commits a murder. She also plays the victim’s widow and the prison officer. Three roles, the same case, different emotions and perspectives.
What is true and what is untrue? Is the offender also a victim? And what is happiness or unhappiness? How do we look, how do we perceive, how do we judge?
What are they looking for? The attacker, the mother, the widow and the prison officer. What are we looking for? What do we want to see? Nice things – or also the rawness, the grief, the tatters and all they conceal?
Cuong Lu MA., (Mind Only) is a Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer. Born in Vietnam (1968) he emigrated to the Netherlands in 1980 where he majored in East Asian studies at Leiden University. He was ordained a monk at Plum Village in France under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh (1993).. Cuong Lu was recognized as a teacher in the Lieu Quan line of the Linji School of Zen Buddhism (2000). Cuong Lu returned to the Netherlands, where he received a master’s degree in Buddhist Spiritual Care at the Vrije University, Amsterdam (2015). He worked as a Buddhist spiritual caregiver in Dutch prisons for 6 years. Cuong Lu is the founder of the Mind Only Institute for Buddhist Psychology op, where he teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology, specializing in Yogācāra. Cuong Lu leads retreats and gives Dharma talks in Europe, the US, and Asia. He is the author of six books. “The Buddha in Jail” (2019) is his latest.
Photo: Merlijn Doomernik