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Upcoming events

Spiritual Authority: Its Abuses and Uses
March 20, 2019, 7:00–8:30pm
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St, New York, NY

The scandals rocking the religious world—including Buddhism—make us question the very nature of spiritual authority: What purpose does it serve? How can we stop its abuses? 


Lion’s Roar will host Spiritual Authority: Its Abuses and Uses, a provocative discussion of this timely and important issue, on Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at The Rubin Museum of Art. Leading Buddhist teachers Gina Sharpe and Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and psychoanalyst Pilar Jennings will break down the benefits and pitfalls of the teacher-student relationship and offer new models for the future.


This is the first of three panel discussions that Lion’s Roar is hosting this year at the Rubin Museum of Art. Lion’s Roar @ the Rubin panel discussions celebrate Lion’s Roar’s 40th anniversary and will offer Buddhist perspectives on important issues of our time.  


Tickets include admission to the galleries of Himalayan art at The Rubin Museum of Art.


About the Speakers


Gina Sharpe is a teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. She co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center and is a leader in training Buddhist teachers of color.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, PhD, is Abbot of The Village Zendo in downtown Manhattan. She integrates traditional meditation and koan practice with social engagement and peacemaking. She is the author of Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges.

Dr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism and the recent memoir, To Heal a Wounded Heart.

About Lion’s Roar events

A selection of past events

A Lion’s Roar Buddhist Retreat:
Facing Life’s Challenges (2018)

Mushim Patricia Ikeda;
Lama Justin von Dujdoss;
Melissa Myozen Blacker,

Lion’s Roar Annual Retreat:
Boundless Love (2017)

Sylvia Boorstein; Geoffrey Shugen Arnold; Pema Khandro Rinpoche

Lion's Roar & Buddhafest: Online Film Festival (2016)

Lion’s Roar Annual Retreat: Finding Freedom from Painful Emotions (2016)

Karen Maezen Miller; Anyen Rinpoche; Josh Korda

Waking Up in Every Moment (2015)

Sylvia Boorstein;
Tsoknyi Rinpoche;
Melissa Myozen Blackr, Roshi

What the Buddhists Teach Conference: Love & Intimacy (2014)

What the Buddhists Teach Conference: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster (2013)

What the Buddhists Teach Conference: Embracing Change In Your Life (2012)

Freeing Ourselves from Negative Patterns (2011)