Our first program of the year is on Sept 8 in the auditorium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Dr. Tim Brown will be presenting a program entitled "Arboreal Buddhism: Trees in the Buddhist Imaginary from India to Japan”. Come and be prepared to expand your awareness of trees as reflected in Buddhist imaginary and how we can apply that to our Ikebana practice.
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Religion from Syracuse University, an MA from New York University, and a BA from Wabash College. He teaches courses on Asian religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Japanese religions, indigenous religions of North America, and topical courses on new religious movements and religions and ecology. Prior to taking a position at Randolph-Macon College, Tim worked as a gardener in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for ten years.
Tim received training at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and was stationed in northern Manhattan’s historic Heather Garden in Ft. Tryon Park/The Cloisters where he focused on historic gardens and native forest restoration. He is currently co-director of the Brian Wesley Moores Native Plant Garden at Randolph-Macon College and an avid home gardener in Ashland, where he lives with his wife and two sons.