A gathering of New York Area Buddhist practitioners, scholars, activists and teachers titled “Buddhist Action: Morals, Vision, Justice” will take place at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City on February 3.
The conference will focus on developing a local agenda and alliances in the Northeast, but is “being organized in solidarity with efforts to create a national progressive alliance of American Buddhists.”
The event intends to promote a “free exchange of ideas about network inclusivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.”
The description of the conference reads:
The increasing pace of governmental and nongovernmental violence in policies and practices must spur our conscience as followers of the Buddha-Dharma to act — to stand up against all that repels our moral convictions, and to strive towards a radically different vision of peace, one that centers around racial, social, gender and economic justice, the protection of the vulnerable, and the preservation of a viable natural environment…
The time has come for Buddhists to step forward as a unified community re-dedicated to the struggle for greater justice, peace, environmental care, and respect for all people.
Details about attending or helping with the conference can be found on Union Theological Seminary’s website.