Lion’s Roar Events

Upcoming events

Real Change: How Spirituality Can Power Activism: Its 
May 8, 2019, 7:00–8:30pm
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St, New York, NY

In a world facing crisis, we need more than politics as usual. We need the kind of deep, transformational change that spiritual practice brings—in how we relate to ourselves, to each other, and to the earth. 


As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, Lion’s Roar will host Real Change: How Spirituality Can Power Activism, a panel discussion on the power of spiritually-inspired activism, on Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art. This fascinating and important discussion will feature renowned Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg, Christian progressive leader Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, and NYU student Lydia Mason, one of the next generation of black secular teen activists.

This is the second of three panel discussions 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

Sharon Salzberg is a well-known Buddhist teacher of Insight Meditation and author. She is one of the founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and the author of many books including New York Times bestseller Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.


Serene Jones, a highly respected scholar and public intellectual, is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. She is the author of several books, including the forthcoming Call it Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World, due out in March.


Lydia Mason is a pre-med student at New York University studying politics and bioethics. She is passionate about women’s rights and health, advocacy, politics, volunteerism, education, and the separation of church and state. In her free time, she enjoys doing medical research, writing, and working on her education startup, Pro BoKnow. In the future, she aspires to become an OB/GYN and eventually run for public office.


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)