Sun, 26 Jun

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Croydon Buddhist Centre

Buddhist Voices of Inspiration for Engaging with the World

Day retreat, in-person at Croydon Buddhist Centre . All welcome. 10.30am - 4:30pm. It will be led by Vaddhaka who teaches and helps run the Triratna Buddhist Centre in Tallinn, Estonia. He will lead a discussion on our socio-economic world, and how Buddhists can engage with its many problems.

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Buddhist Voices of Inspiration for Engaging with the World

Time & Location

26 Jun, 10:30 – 16:30 BST

Croydon Buddhist Centre, 98 High St, Croydon CR0 1ND, UK

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Buddhist Voices of Inspiration for Engaging with the World

A day retreat with Vaddhaka

Sunday 26 th June, 10.30am to 16.30pm

Slavoj Zizek is a well-known and controversial Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic who

believes that western style Buddhism is the ‘perfect ideological supplement’ to capitalism. He

argues that when faced with the injustice, pain and suffering in the world today, the western

Buddhist takes cover in their meditation practice to avoid the full impact of this reality.

Is this true?

Vaddhaka, who spent the first twenty-five years of his adult life active in left-wing politics

and trade unionism, and is the author of “The Buddha on Wall Street: What’s wrong with

capitalism and what we can do about it”, disagrees, and writes this:

“During my twenty-seven years of involvement in Buddhism I have been inspired by many

different Buddhist voices, especially those active in ‘socially engaged Buddhism’.

The first, Sangharakshita, was the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order, of which I am a

member, and of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

The second, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, was a member of the first government of

independent India and in the 1950s instigated a mass conversion movement of Dalits to

Buddhism which continues today.

The third, David Loy, is an American Buddhist scholar and practitioner in the Zen tradition,

and very active in the environmental movement.

The fourth, Thich Naht Hanh, came to fame through his work supporting the Vietnamese

‘boat people’.

And the fifth, Bhikkhu Bodhi, is one of the most well-known translators of the Pali Canon of

the Buddha’s teachings.

During this day retreat, Vaddhaka will lead discussion on these five individuals, each of whom has

given me something particular to consider about our socio-economic world, and how

Buddhists can engage with its many problems.

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