Reflections on Suffering, Disaster and Awakening

An Evening with John Clark

Tuesday, May 14
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
$10 suggested donation
During this talk, John will be sharing what he learned from his first encounter with the Tibetan Buddhist community.  He will also discuss concept of therapeutic communities and the variety of ways that people experience disaster, suffering and recovery that people go through.
“In August 2005, I spent a month in Dharamsala, India, working to set up a summer study program with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and teaching ESL courses to Tibetans at the Lha Charitable Trust center. While I was there, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. I soon returned to New Orleans to face the disaster and to work with recovery communities in the midst of devastation. My closely intertwined experiences in Dharamsala and in Post-Katrina New Orleans taught me lessons about suffering and loss, attachment and non-attachment, wisdom and compassion, community and care, that have reshaped my view of reality and my hopes for the future.”

About John Clark
John Clark is Director of La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Loyola University. La Terre Institute is located on 87 acres in the forest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is dedicated to the project of social and ecological regeneration on both the local and global levels. His recent books include The Tragedy of Common Sense (2016), Lightning Storm Mind (2017), and Between Earth and Empire, which is forthcoming in June. Since 2005 he has worked with the Loyola summer study program in Dharamsala, in association with the Louisiana Himalaya Association. He directs the LHA’s Tibetan Women’s Scholarship Fund.