Talk by Ben Connelly on October 18

"Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation"

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2022, 7:00 PM 

The Greater Boston Zen Center invites you to an evening of meditation and engagement with Ben Connolly on the theme, "Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation: Practicing Yogacara Buddhism with Vasubandhu’s Three Natures." To sign up for in-person participation (vaccinations, boosters, and masks required), please use the second page of the Tuesday sign-up sheet. For Zoom information, see the Tuesday Instructions. There will be no sutra service or dokusan on Oct. 18. 

The event is free, though donations to GBZC are welcome and books will be available for purchase and signing.

In his new book, Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures”, a plain-English commentary, Ben Connelly shows the power of integrating early Buddhist psychology with the Mahāyāna emphasis on collective liberation. You’ll discover how wisdom from fourth-century India can be harnessed to heal and transform systems of harm within ourselves and our communities. Dive into this empowering approach to freedom from suffering and from harmful personal and social patterns—and find peace and joyfulness in the present.

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police training and addiction recovery groups. He works with multifaith groups focused on intersectional liberation, racial justice, and climate justice. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, travels to teach across the United States, has written for Tricycle and Lion’s Roar magazines, and is author of Inside the Grass Hut, Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara, Vasubandhu's "Three Natures", and Mindfulness and Intimacy.


"Inspiring…opens many doors to personal and social transformation, sorely needed." - Dr. Larry Ward, author of America’s Racial Karma

“Connelly’s insightful and often moving commentary displays the profound relevance of Vasubandhu’s Yogācāra philosophy both to personal practice and to the wider social world.” - Jonathan Gold, Professor of Religion, Princeton University

“...shows us how to understand and embody the mystery of Vasubandhu’s teachings without getting lost in esoterica and spiritual bypassing.” - Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Th.D. Co-editor, Black and Buddhist

“...a rare and welcome combination of scholarship and insight born of deep study and practice. The goal of human flourishing and freedom from suffering is at the center of his exposition of every verse.” - Anantanand Rambachan Author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation