Union Theological Seminary – Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism
New York, NY 10035
Description of Organization:
Founded in 1836, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a professional and graduate school of Theology with a history of facilitating dialogue across religious, ethical, and ideological boundaries, in service of training religious and spiritual leaders committed to pursuing social justice and global well-being.
The Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism promotes the following:
• Foster an understanding of aspects of the Buddhist tradition and the relationship within exegetical, ethical, legal, spiritual and theological WHAT? Studies;
• Expose scholars and the public to the fields of social justice, interreligious engagement, and Asian religious traditions;
• Encourage dialogue among scholars and lay people;
• Facilitate the creation of new scholarships on Buddhism, public life and social justice activism;
• Cultivate and expand partnerships with Buddhist educational institutions in Asia.
In 2022, a Support Grant in the amount of $2,000 (in addition to the Hemera Foundation Grant of $20,000) was awarded to Union Theological Seminary to continue these initiatives:
(1) The Dharma and Justice Dialogue Series–public dialogues with Buddhist leaders and long-time practitioners who are engaged in the intersection of justice and dharma.
(2) Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement Program–a faculty-led seminar series that addresses non-polarizing, healing responses to issues of justice and oppression.