Buddhist Faith in Action: A Retreat about Spirituality and Political Activism

with Dr. William Auerbach

March 25th (2017)

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  • $70 General
Room: Shambhala Hall

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Queer Dharma, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, and the Contemplative Studies Project invite you to Buddhist Faith in Action: A Retreat about Engaged Buddhism.

The one day retreat will be lead by Dr. William Auerbach with a panel including Glenn Dolcemascolo, Elizabeth Ready, Barnaby Spring and Irene Woodard.

About the Program

Thich Nhat Hanh, a political organizer and spiritual teacher who inspired and organized communities of resistance to the Vietnam war challenges us to consider what is the ethical basis of our lives and right action. This program explores what is engaged Buddhism: What is the view and activity of engaged Buddhism? What attitudes do we cultivate in ourselves and towards others? What do we abandon? How is engaged Buddhism different from ordinary political action? Together we will contemplate these questions to find answers and recognize our own paths.

In the morning session, Dr. William Auerbach will lead us in meditation and contemplation. In the afternoon, we will hear how fellow Buddhists practice engaged Buddhism. We have invited a panel of practitioners to discuss their work with the environment, incarcerated people, education, the homeless, refugees, and the LGBTQ community. This will be followed by a group conversation on how one engages one’s values and actions.

Please register in advance. For questions about the retreat, please contact William Auerbach at [email protected]

About the Panel

Dr. William Auerbach is a teacher of Shambhala Buddhism and Queer Dharma. He is a psychologist and psychoanalyst on the faculty of New York University and the Contemplative Studies Project of New York. He is an advocate for the mental health needs of people with AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Glenn Dolcemascolo has a PhD from the University of Hawaii where he studied cultural and biological diversity. He has lived and worked extensively in Asia and Europe and is currently based in New York where he focuses on building partnerships for climate change action, ecosystem restoration and social justice. He was first introduced to dharma in 1994 during a visit by the Dalai Lama to Honolulu. He practiced in various traditions before joining the Shambhala community in New York.

Elizabeth Ready works with the homeless in rural Vermont. She has served in the Vermont Senate and other elected positions. She is a life-long advocate for social justice, human rights and environmental protection. She practices and studies Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition with Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She also practices and studies Buddhism in the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Shambhala traditions.

Barnaby Spring studies Shambhala Buddhism and the secular practice of Mindfulness in public education and the global-local world.  As Senior Program Manager of Special Projects in the Office of Field Support and Student Services in the New York City Department of Education, he is a co-facilitator of the city-wide introduction of mindfulness in public education.
Irene Woodard is a Shambhala Buddhist and follower of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has held various posts in the community. She writes, “My children Charles Maxwell and Catherine have taught me how to be a mother. My floral business has taught me how to make a living. My fellowship with Greenfaith, followed by being a Board member , has taught me how to be myself, and be of benefit in the world. There is more…but all of the above, teach me how to love... “