Seeding Buddhism in the Wild West
Venerable Thubten Chodron

The challenges of seeding Buddhism in the Wild West

In this session with called “Seeding in the Wild West”, multiple speakers shared their personal journeys of discovering and practicing Buddhism in both the Eastern and Western worlds.

Born during of social upheaval in the US, some of them, disillusioned with societal inequalities, explored various traditions.

Initially skeptical of due to Western ’s violent past, their open-mindedness led them to monasteries in and , where they found and community.

Despite challenges faced by Western monastics, such as financial constraints and cultural misunderstandings, their unwavering commitment allowed them to establish communities and preserve for the future.

The session highlighted experiences of , challenges in monastic life, and the establishment of Buddhist communities in the West.


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