"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Nonviolence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Buddhist Practice
Donald Rothberg, Kazu Haga
Saturday, April 8, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code DR3D17.
OPEN-Register Here

The shared heart of the Buddha’s teachings and practices and of Dr. King’s nonviolence is the profound intention to bring love, wisdom and skillful action increasingly to every moment and to all parts of our lives. This day of practice and training brings together these two approaches to provide us with resources that are vital as we prepare for the intensifying challenges — political, social, economic and ecological — of 2017 and beyond.

Buddhist practices offer us detailed ways of transforming greed, hatred and delusion into wisdom, equanimity, kindness and a life of integrity, while Kingian nonviolence, grounded in love and the wisdom of interconnection, gives us methods of working especially with conflicts and injustice in communities and the larger social world.

After an initial overview of the connection of Buddhist practice and Kingian nonviolence, the morning will be devoted to the Buddha’s teachings and practices that help us transform the inner roots of violence. The afternoon will be devoted to training in the theory and practice of Kingian nonviolence, using role-play, small group work, meditations and short talks. We will conclude with suggestions for our next steps.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

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