When we look for spiritual guidance, one of the last people we turn to in our communities are lawyers. Yet, this is part of the perception that James A. Lynch, Jr. Esquire hopes to change. A former attorney turned professor and Buddhist leader, he joins the Tzu Chi Center‘s talk program, C.A.F.E. 229 for a talk on how the world of business need not oppose spirituality.
In fact, James focuses on these very things through his work at Brooklyn College. There, he teaches courses in business law, negotiation, and happiness and spirituality in the workplace. When asked by host Peter Lin, Ph.D, he says that while the links may not be obvious, these areas are all connected:
“The goal is to go beyond the superficial ideas about how we relate to each other in a society.”
James goes on further to say that while the pandemic had changed many things, it added yet another layer to the suffering, including the stress of modern-day living, that already afflicts humanity in the 21st century:
“Put COVID aside – so many people are overwhelmed… [with] technology, what’s their place in the world?, what’s their future like?, what’s the planet’s future going to be like? So there’s so much stress, so it’s so very important to be able to… come “home”… to where there’s peace, where there’s love, where there’s compassion.”
He also stresses that our places or roles in society do not mean that we are inherently different from those around us. Drawing on core beliefs in Buddhism, he explains that once we embrace our oneness, the potential for transformation blossoms:
“As a Buddhist practitioner, our practice and modality is to say: we are part of one great life… One of the difficulties is the idea of separation; you’re there – I’m there, my tribe – my group, my ‘whatever.’ But if we can see life as one great movement of hope and love, then, it doesn’t matter what we look like… things can be radically different.”
Watch his talk in full in the video above.
About James A. Lynch, Jr. Esq.
James is a Dharma Teacher as authorized by the lay Buddhist organization, Rissho Kosei Kai (whose teachings are based in great part off the Lotus Sutra). He is an official representative for their outside affairs in the New York City area, as well as an official representative for Rissho Kosei Kai to the United Nations. James is currently the President of the Buddhist Council of New York, which represents more than 750,000 Buddhist in the Tri-State area.
In addition, he has helped organize the Heiwa Peace Foundation, a think tank for peace whose primary work is done in the United States and Asia on behalf of its founder, the Venerable T.K. Nakagaki. He further sits on the board of Religions for Peace USA, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States, and was recently appointed as a Trustee to the prestigious Parliament of World Religions. James is also a tenured professor and Chairman of the Business Management Department in the Koppelman School of Business at Brooklyn College.
To learn more about James, click here.
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