Buddhist Faith in Action: A Retreat about Spirituality and Political Activism
with Dr William Auerbach
Open to all
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.