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Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Join us for personal revelations and profound meditations from a range of speakers on the full spectrum of Belief & Beyond Belief festival.


- Mahinda Deegalle, Professor in the Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom. He is the author of numerous books on Buddhism, most recently Justice and Statecraft: Buddhist Ideals Inspiring Contemporary World (Nagananda International Buddhist University, 2017). He has held twice the NEH Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, New York, USA and the first Numata Professorship in Buddhist Studies at McGill University, Canada. He has received a British Academy and Leverhulme Trust grant for research on Buddhist Engagements with Minorities in Sri Lanka. His recent published research has concentrated on the ethics of war and religious conversion in pluralist societies with a focus on Sri Lanka.

- Naftali Brawer, who was ordained as an Orthodox Rabbi at the age of 22 and has ministered to two London congregations over the course of 15 years. He holds a PhD in Hebrew and Jewish studies and is a published author, columnist and broadcaster. He has written and lectured widely on theology and Jewish mysticism.

- Dr Pyi Phyo Kyaw, currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies at King’s College London specialising in Burmese Buddhism, Abhidhamma (Theravada analytical philosophy), Buddhist business practices, Buddhist ethics and meditation. She has undertaken monastic training as a precept-nun as well as intensive meditation practice within different meditation traditions in Myanmar, and has worked on changing paradigms in monastic education in Myanmar.

- Seni Seneviratne, a writer, poet, performer, singer and multidisciplinary creative artist of English and Sri Lankan heritage. She is currently working on her next book based on her father’s experiences in North Africa in the Second World War. Her poem ‘Operation Cast Lead’ was shortlisted in the 2010 Arvon International Poetry Competition.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Included in Pass
£15, £25

need to know

This event is included in both the Sunday and Weekend Passes, and is part of With God On Our Side... Religion and War Weekend.