Socially Engaged Buddhism: In Conversation with Venerable Ashin Issariya (Eagle Rock)

May 2nd

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  • $20.00 Program Price
  • $25.00 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041
We have the burden of helping this world. We cannot forget this responsibility to others. But if we take our burden as a delight, we can actually liberate this world. The way to begin is with ourselves. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala Los Angeles is honored to host a conversation with the Venerable Ashin Issariya, a Burmese monk known as “King Zero" who has been at the forefront of Myanmar’s 2007 Saffron Revolution and who recently has spoken out against the hate speech used against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minority communities in Myanmar. Motivated by Buddhist teachings on kindness, compassion and not doing harm, Ashin Issariya’s own life, actions, and work around human rights is the starting point of a wide-ranging conversation on everything from if and how Buddhists can and should be more socially and politically engaged in today’s world, to how the Buddhist teachings and Shambhala principles on the creation of enlightened society can be the basis for a wiser and more compassionate societal transformation. 
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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