Reflections on Buddhism
Social Justice Activism and the Monastic Life

The ultimate goals of Buddhism are liberation and enlightenment, becoming free of suffering through eliminating its causes, karma and mental afflictions. Some Buddhist practitioners and lineages emphasize focus on these transcendent goals, and don’t think there is any point in addressing suffering by applying “worldly” antidotes such as social services and policy changes. Others believe that we need to help relieve the suffering others are experiencing in this life, while keeping the more transcendent goals in mind as well. Join us for a discussion of the balance between these two views, and the role of social justice activism in Buddhism.