Why So Lonely? (Buddhism, Loneliness, & Human Connection)

“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” Henry David Thoreau

Thu, September 1, 2022
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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About this event

Before the COVID epidemic, there was the “loneliness epidemic”, and COVID has only exacerbated it. In a recent citywide survey by New York’s health department, two-thirds said they felt socially isolated, and in a recent national survey, 61 percent of those aged 18 to 25 reported high levels of loneliness.

Can Buddhist thought, which often emphasizes the importance of solitude and self-reliance, shed light on our feelings of loneliness? What is really happening when we feel lonely? And more importantly, what can be done about it? Is it possible to be equally content and at ease whether we are in relation with others or alone?

Come discuss with us! Professor Doug Powers of Dharma Realm Buddhist University will be leading the conversation. Expect a fun and lively dialogue.