On the evening of Tuesday, May 23, the day of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed nineteen children and two adults, bhikkhuni Ayya Dhammadipa, founder of the Dassanaya Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, livestreamed a dharma talk that confronts the horror of this massacre and the 27 school shootings that have occurred in the United States so far this year. Also acknowledging the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which occurred just ten days prior, Ayya Dhammapida discusses what dharma can teach us about understanding these shootings, focusing on the impact of ‘a feeling of separation, which when it becomes hard and painful. , leads to a dehumanization of others.
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This dharma talk originally appeared here on the Dassanaya Buddhist Community website.
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