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The social impact of gun violence

The social impact of gun violence

On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman fatally shot a 17-year-old African-American high school student, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. On July 13, 2013, his trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter ended in acquittal, which sparked controversy.

  • Keeping a calm and compassionate mind in the wake of the disturbing impact of gun violence on society
  • How to view George Zimmerman’s acquittal with compassion for all parties involved, instead of falling into cynicism

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Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.