A Buddhist Politics in Challenging Times
Zen Meditation and Compassionate Action with Tom Redden
This series is an exploration of how to embrace a “politics of compassion” at a time of great pain and suffering. We will begin at the individual level investigating the politics in our own hearts and minds. Through the practice of Zen meditation, we will examine the perplexing question of “who are we?” and how our “sense of self” is related to our political beliefs and attitudes. We will then move from our particular place in the world from a “systems perspective” to the larger political realm and how we fit into it. The series seeks to help build people’s meditation practice while helping them find a way to engage in the world with love and kindness.
The series will be led by Tom Redden, PhD, a Professor of History and Politics at Southern Vermont College, in Bennington, VT. Tom is also an ordained Zen Buddhist priest in the Zen Peacemaker Order and has maintained a 39-year daily meditation practice. The classes will combine talks on meditation and politics as well as periods of sitting meditation. Beginning meditators are especially welcome.