The Varieties of Buddhist Wisdom

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This talk, based on Pali texts of the Theravāda tradition in South/Southeast Asia, will counter the view of Buddhist ‘wisdom’ as solely a matter of profound spiritual insight. There are many stories where the future Buddha ‘fulfils the Perfection of Wisdom’ by other means: good strategy, cunning, riddle-solving, problem-resolution and other ‘worldly’ skills. What might this teach us about the viability of a concept of ‘wisdom’ in the modern world?