Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation: An Evening with Ben Connelly, Oct 19


Event Details


Location: Christ Church Cobble Hill, located at 326 Clinton Street (at the corner of Kane Street)

Please join us Wednesday, October 19, for a special Wednesday evening program with Soto Zen teacher and author Ben Connelly for a reading of his forthcoming book Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures.”

Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation

Practicing Yogacara Buddhism with Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures”

Dive into this empowering approach to freedom from suffering and from harmful personal and social patterns—and find peace and joyfulness in the present.

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.

You can find the book here (publication date is October 4).

The custom of dana (generosity) is fundamental to Buddhist practice. All dana received supports our Teachers and center, and is essential for the continuation of our community and practice. Through monetary dana, we suggest a $10 donation – which is neither a ceiling or floor amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The evening program will include a period of zazen (sitting meditation).

We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks will be required indoors at all times. Please see the BZC Covid Protocol for additional information. The COVID risk level will be confirmed closer to the date.


About Ben Connelly

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.