Was the Buddha an Activist?

Public Talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron
Thursday, October 5 from 7 to 9pm
at The New York Buddhist Church

Note: Registration is now closed, but walk-in’s are welcome!

After sitting down under the Bodhi Tree and attaining awakening, what did the Buddha stand up for? Venerable Thubten Chodron explores how the Buddha engaged in the society of his time and left a legacy of teachings on wisdom and compassion that continue to transform our world.


The New York Buddhist Church

Directions: The New York Buddhist Church is located at 331-332 Riverside Drive between West 105 Street and West 106 Street, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The NYBC is easily accessible by car or by public transportation.
By Subway: Take the 1 Train to 103 Street station. Exit the station and walk two blocks north on Broadway to West 105 Street. Make a left and walk two blocks west to Riverside Drive.

Here is a map showing the location of The New York Buddhist Church.

Suggested Donation:

Public Talk: $20 ($18 for Shantideva Meditation Members)

Suggested donations may be made online or at the door.


Registration is now closed, but walk-in’s are welcome!
Online registration will close at 3pm on Thursday, October 5.

Financial Assistance:

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About the Teacher

Venerable Thubten Chodron has been a Buddhist nun since 1977 and has studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and other Tibetan masters. She is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Washington State. It is the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western monks and nuns in America.

Ven. Chodron emphasizes the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in several languages and is the only nun who has co-authored books with His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Approaching the Buddhist Path (the first in a series) and Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Her latest book is Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness, and her Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind are widely recommended introductory books. Other recent publications include Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, a commentary on The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita.

Ven. Chodron travels worldwide to teach the Dharma and is active in interfaith dialogue and Dharma outreach in prisons. Visit www.thubtenchodron.org to access archives of her extensive teachings in video and written form and Sravasti Abbey’s YouTube channel for current teachings and Dharma talks.