Lecture to focus on “Engaged Buddhism” and views of justice

SALEM, Va. -Sallie King will offer a lecture titled "Engaged Buddhism - A Buddhist Critique of 'Justice'" at Roanoke College on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center Pickle Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Socially and politically active Buddhists frequently speak of human rights but seldom speak of justice, according to King. She believes they may have some reservations about the idea of "justice" and how it is used. King will address questions such as: what is their concern about the idea of "justice" and how do they engage with social issues without it?

King has authored, edited and translated several books, including Engaged Buddhism, Buddha Nature, Journey in Search of the Way: The Spiritual Autobiography of Satomi Myodo and, most recently, Being Benevolence: The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism. She is professor of philosophy and religion at James Madison University. This lecture is sponsored by Roanoke College's D. L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.