Radical Bodhicitta: From Aspiration to Action! – A Dharma Talk (online)
With Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.
January 15, 2024
“I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Beyond Vietnam, 1967)
Tara Mandala invites you to join Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer as we explore how to develop and manifest Radical Bodhicitta as embodied in the life and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King.
As a radical thinker and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King took his compassion out of the pulpit and into the streets where he witnessed people suffering the indignities of racism, classism, poverty, and violence.
How can we as Buddhists commit to increasing and transforming our aspirational Bodhicitta into more action?
How can we face and transform the shadows that plague our psyches and our society?
Can we continue to bear witness to the suffering around the world with equanimity and not fall into the miasma of helplessness or spiritual bypassing?
This dharma talk is open to everyone and will be offered via the Zoom platform. It will take place on Monday, January 15, 2024 from 5:00-6:30pm MST. Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.
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Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S. has been practicing Chöd for over three decades and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Löpon Chandra Easton. She continues to teach and lead Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala Sangha which she…
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