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Scholar to present tenets of Buddhism
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Author, scholar and teacher Dr. Mark Meusse will present "The Promise of Buddhist Spirituality" as a part of the Mountain Top Lectures at the University of North Georgia next month.

The professor emeritus of religious studies at Rhodes College will provide an introduction to Buddhist thought and practice during the program on Aug. 26.

The overview will give insight into Siddhattha Gotama, the man known as Buddha.

He will guide participants through the components of Buddhism like meditation and then offer an experimental time of mindfulness, breath work and gratitude practice.

Research has shown that meditation, which has its roots in Buddhism, is able to help relieve anxiety, pain and depression. Mediation is able to minimize the impact of stress on both the physical and mental self.

Meusse has his doctorate in the study of religion from Harvard and was awarded Rhodes' highest faculty honor, the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching.

He is also the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Viswayogi Viswamji Foundation for Universal Integration and Peace in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Meusse's books include "Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities," "The Hindu Traditions: A Concise Introduction," "The Age of Sages: The Axial Age in Asia and the Near East" and his newest book "Four Wise Men: The Lives and Teachings of Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad."

The lecture will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hoag Auditorium on the campus of UNG Dahlonega. The event runs until 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $60 with lunch for an additional $16.
Registration opened to the general public on July 10. If there are available seats, people may register at the door for $70. To get more information and to register, visit mountaintoplectures.org.

Mountain Top Lectures seeks to host scholars and authors on a wide range of issues of religion and spirituality in a north Georgia setting. There are three lectures a year intended to help foster a better understanding of religion, theology, science and spirituality and how they impact 21st century lives.