Instructor: Chia-Ti Chiu
Date: Friday, Jan. 29, 1:00 – 6:00 pm | Saturday, Jan. 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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From a Buddhist perspective, we do not exist apart from the systems that we live within. In the United States, this includes the systems of white supremacy and capitalism, among others. Our suffering is not separate from the suffering of others, yet some of us have the privilege to turn away and to deny. What changes in society might occur if we were to all lean in together to dismantle privilege and oppression? In this course, we will look at injustice broadly through the lens of the Four Noble Truths, as well as the criminal justice system specifically with the Cakkavatti-sihanada Sutta (the Discourse on the Lion’s Roar of the Wheel-turner). Through group discussion, journal writing, and direct practice, we will contemplate how mindfulness and social justice are interwoven. We will explore somatically how we hold privilege and oppression in our bodies, using mindful movement, meditation, and resourcing techniques. And we will envision how can we move towards more justice within our own communities and in society at large.
This course is one in a series of courses offered as part of Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism.