Practical Ethics for Our Times with Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Friday, June 2: 7pm-9pm
Saturday, June 3: 10am-12pm; 1:30pm-4pm

If you could talk to the President about how to run this country, what would you say? Second century Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna had the opportunity to teach a king, and his advice on how to govern with wisdom and compassion is recorded in his beautiful poem, A Precious Garland of Advice for a King, an inspiring early example of Buddhist advocacy on social policies.

As we move into increasingly turbulent times, Venerable Thubten Chodron draws from Nagarjuna’s text to offer practical advice for all of us on how to put our values into action, to bring benefit to ourselves and others now and in the long-term. Holding a space for reflection and discussion over the weekend, she will teach from her latest book, Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland by Tibetan scholar Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

Join her for a public talk and daylong workshop to explore how to take your spiritual practice off the cushion, to create peace from within and without in a chaotic world.

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Suggested donation levels:
Sponsor (includes new book and reserved seating): $216
Supporter of Community Dharma Programs: $108
General Audience: $56
Generosity and Inclusivity Open Door (sliding scale)
Students/ Maitripa faculty, staff, TA, student: no charge 
All are warmly welcome, regardless of financial contribution

Registrants may place an advance order for Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness, forthcoming from Wisdom Publications in April 2017. Books will be available for pick up and purchase during the weekend teaching event, prices subject to change. One complimentary copy included with Sponsor level registration.

“Though written to a king and composed over eighteen centuries ago, this poetic text by Nagarjuna, The Precious Garland, offers advice like no other for it guides us in leading a wise, compassionate and ethical life even in tumultuous times like our own. For its tenth chapter alone— “Practical Advice for Leaders”—this text is a must-read. A clear, readable, and urgent call to ethical action. This work offers amazing spot-on advice for our times, especially for our leaders and policy-makers.”—Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist

Maitripa College offers heartfelt gratitude to Wisdom Publications for their generous sponsorship of this event!