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How to Bear Witness Without Closing Your Heart

  • NYC MANGALAM GROUP LGBT center New York, NY (map)

Each morning as we turn on the radio or open our apps, the news reflects impossibly complex situations far beyond the reach of individual action. For most of us, the natural response is to feel compelled to do something to fix the conditions that cause suffering.  

While we may witness short-term outcomes from our own and others’ activism, it’s difficult not to also feel numbed, fatigued and overwhelmed.

Murray Nossel will interview Buddhist teacher and author, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel who brings a fresh perspective to activism, by probing Buddhist views on suffering, compassion and efficacy. Murray is director of Narativ and The World Mother Storytelling Project as well as a student and practitoner of Buddhism.

  • How do we bear witness without closing our hearts?  

  • What is the difference between despair and compassion?

  • How to bring a fresh perspective and a deep compassion to our activism.  

  • How can we view the future with optimism and confidence rather than sinking into hopelessness and despair

Earlier Event: April 26
Faith: A Buddhist Perspective