“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
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?