29 October 2018, NYC --
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Buddhist Action Coalition (BAC) partnered with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA) in hosting a domestic violence panel discussion at the Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Center of New York.
The evening opened with a moment of mindful meditation, fostering a communal atmosphere that carried through the night. At the evening's end, there was a sense of hope and optimism that comes with being better informed and, hence, better equipped in addressing domestic violence and serving the victims and survivors.
The evening concluded with the well known chant from the Heart Sutra, as we held in our minds all people affected by domestic violence. Gate gate, paragate parasamgate, bodhi svaha.