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United in Action: Cultivating a Culture of Peace

As war rages on in Ukraine and violent attacks plague the world, now more than ever we find ourselves yearning for peace. Faith and tradition can help us not only process our own emotions in these trying times, but find an internal sense of relief. This May on United in Action: Dialogue at the Tzu Chi Center, we’re exploring inner tranquility, purity, and how these qualities might impact both the individual and the world around them.

Join us for our episode “Cultivating a Culture of Peace” on Tuesday, 5/24, as we examine the meaning behind Vesak Day and how Buddha’s teachings might ultimately provide us the wisdom to cultivate a culture of peace with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison of the New York Zen Center, and Jasmine Huang, Dharma As Water Project Manager.

Sensei Koshin, President and Guiding Teacher at the New York Zen Center, is a world-renowned thought leader in contemplative care whose work combines Zen teachings and Jungian psychotherapy. The NY Zen Center offers contemplative approaches to care through education, care partnering, and Zen practice. 

Koshin has authored multiple books including his most recent Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship, on Faculty of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas.

Jasmine, born in Taiwan and raised in California, is a lifelong translator passionate about building spaces of belonging through cross-cultural communication. In her undergraduate years at UC San Diego, she started volunteering with Tzu Chi and was moved by how gratitude, respect, and love guided Tzu Chi’s approach to disaster relief in the Southern California wildfires. She has since founded and mentored several Tzu Chi collegiate chapters in Northern California, and served as interpreter and Master of Ceremonies for Tzu Chi Northwest Region’s community events.

With over a decade of experience in Mandarin to English translation and localization, Jasmine now serves as curriculum designer and project manager to the Dharma As Water (DAW) team’s R&D projects, the most recent being the first national implementation of Tzu Chi’s English-language Buddha Bathing Ceremony.

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