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Gary Snyder: Trans-Pacific Buddhism, Ecology and Poetry

Visions and Voices

Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet with a radical vision that integrates Zen Buddhism, American Indian practices and ecological thinking. Snyder will be featured in three events—a lecture, a poetry workshop and a Japanese tea ceremony—that will explore his work and the connections between Buddhism, ecology and poetry.

Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet with a radical vision that integrates Zen Buddhism, American Indian practices and ecological thinking. He began his career as a noted member of the Beat Generation and was also a part of the San Francisco Renaissance. Join us for three events with Snyder exploring Buddhism and ecology. In an evening lecture and conversation, Snyder will discuss his experiences as a poet in the United States, his time as a Zen monk in Japan and the connections between his work and social and ecological issues in American society. On the second day of his visit, Snyder will engage with students in a poetry workshop and discuss Buddhism in a Japanese tea ceremony.

Schedule of Events:

Lecture and Conversation
Monday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below beginning Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, for the lecture and conversation, click here.
General Public: To RSVP for the lecture and conversation, click here.

Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, September 25, 12:30 p.m.
East Asian Library Seminar Room
Doheny Memorial Library 110C
Admission is free. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below beginning Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP for the poetry workshop, click here.
General Public: To RSVP for the poetry workshop, click here

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Tuesday, September 25, 4 p.m.
East Asian Library Seminar Room
Doheny Memorial Library 110C
Admission is free. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below beginning Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP for the tea ceremony, click here.
General Public: To RSVP for the tea ceremony, click here.

Organized by Duncan Williams (Religion and Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures) and Varun Soni (Religious Life).

Photo (Left): Thalin
Photo (Right): Allen Ginsberg