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Cultivating equanimity in a time of violence

Reflections on shootings

On July 5-6, 2016, in two separate incidents, black men were shot and killed by police officers. On July 7, a sniper opened fire on a peaceful protest and killed five policemen. Venerable Chodron gives talks in response to emails and articles written about these events.

  • A student’s letter on the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, in the wake of the shootings of policemen in Dallas
  • Venerable Chodron’s response

Venerable Chodron gave a followup talk based on an article in the New York Times: “Seeking Unity, Not Division.”

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.