Activism Without Angst: Buddhist Teachers Offer Wisdom to Help Deal with Troubling Times

Published March 08, 2017

Dharma Refuge, a Rochester-based Buddhist community, and Nazareth College are sponsoring a panel discussion, Activism Without Angst: Finding Fundamental Wellbeing in Turbulent Times, moderated by Sue Kochan, Buddhist teacher at Dharma Refuge with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, a nationally recognized Buddhist teacher and author and Roshi Bodhin Kjohede, abbot and director of the Rochester Zen Center. The event will be Friday, March 31, from 7-9 p.m., in the Linehan Chapel at Nazareth College's Golisano Academic Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester. There is a $20 donation requested for the public, but no one will be turned away. (The event is free for Nazareth students, faculty, and staff.) Advance registration is not required. Doors will open at 6:30.

In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, overwhelm, and grief amid concerns for unity, social justice, and environmental protection, Nazareth College and Dharma Refuge are bringing together two Buddhist teachers – one from the Zen tradition and the other from the Tibetan tradition — to share Buddha's wisdom and offer insights for navigating the challenging times. Following the panel discussion, the panel will take questions from the audience.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel will lead a retreat at Dharma Refuge on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2. For more information, visit the Dharma Refuge website.


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