Free Speech, Hate Speech, Right Speech - Communication in the Age of Social Media: A Conversation with Ven. Ashin Issariya (Westside)

May 1st

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  • $20.00 Program Price
  • $25.00 Patron Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

The Buddha also made right speech a core principle of the Eightfold Path. He stressed the importance of establishing a gentle and compassionate attitude when interacting with others. However, right speech may also involve more pro-active engagement.  Ven. Ashin Issariya

In this age of social media where the right of free speech has seemingly spawned a proliferation in hate speech and resulting harmful acts, what can the Buddhist principles of Right Speech teach us about how we can begin to work with our minds, speech and actions? How can we promote kind, compassionate, courageous dialogue and communication around difficult subjects and conflict rather than give into the laziness of aggression and hatred? Join us for this special evening with Ven. Ashin Issariya, whose own courageous speaking out against the hate speech used against the Muslim Rohingya in his own country Myanmar is a model of bravery and right action. 
Known as “King Zero” for his role as a dissident during Myanmar’s 2007 Saffron Revolution, Ashin Issariya founded the All Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA) and established a network of Best Friend Libraries to help broaden educational opportunities for monks. King Zero spent years in exile in Thailand, and now heads the Wimoteti Thuka Monastery near the Myanmar-Thailand border. He is an outspoken opponent of the public hate speech often used against the mainly Muslim Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minority communities in Myanmar.

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