In the Mahayana traditions of Buddhism, practitioners are encouraged to awaken for the benefit of all. This sacred teaching of Bodhichitta, or the wish to be enlightened for the well-being of others, is a powerful spiritual roadmap for bringing our spiritual efforts to collective struggles and injustice. The Buddha taught that wisdom, or the direct realization of emptiness, comes with the union of Bodhichitta. Together we will explore the methods for cultivating this abiding wish to develop and offer our own genuine clarity of mind and openness of heart to a world in need of steady compassion and care.
The Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism invites you to join us for our monthly Dharma Talk Series: Emptiness and Social Action. Over the course of nine months, a wide array of Buddhist teachers will take us into the essential teachings of the Buddhadharma and what it looks like to move into action to address the dissatisfaction, distress, and suffering that we meet in relationship with the earth, people, and systems today, in the United States, and around the world.
How does conceptual, inferential, and experiential knowledge into emptiness of an inherent self invite for a response to circumstances that are stressful, painful, and violent? Each evening will be unique, with a combination of a dharma talk, meditation, and a question and answer period exploring these essential and vital questions within Buddhism and our lives’ for this moment in time.
Dr. Pilar Jennings ’09 is a psychoanalyst in private practice based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, and did her prior graduate work in medical anthropology at Columbia University. She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2000.