Cost: Dana (donation)

Date & Time Details:
Sunday, May 19th 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Monday, May 20th 2:30 - 4:30pm
both days located in the Bodhi Hall

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC

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Buddhist Economics & Mindful System Change

with Susmita Barua

May 19 - 20, 2019

Buddhist Economics & Mindful System Change

Why did the Buddha put Right Livelihood in his Noble Eightfold Path to freedom by ending kamma of suffering? This task falls mostly on the vast majority of lay men and women practitioners. We will explore economic suffering as we have witnessed in our own experience and a roadmap for Buddhist Economics based on dharma, personal vision and intention to shift planetary karma through empathic dialogue circles.

Also discussed will be Susmita exploring Yoniso-manasikara – a factor of Stream Entry.  The English translation ‘wise attention’ covers up lot of nuanced meaning of the Pali compounded word yoniso-manasikara with feminine-masculine aspects.  We will have a dialogue and a few contemplative exercises on yoniso manasikara that develop our curiosity, learn new ways of seeing things, apply skillful methods to our own mindful path, spiritual journey and engaged dharma practice. Such exploration is meant to transform the journey from mundane human suffering to the universal Noble search for liberation.


Susmita Barua
Susmita Barua (Dharmacharya Navasajiva) MS, MA, CPC is a Certified Professional Coach, Mindfulness Educator and Contemporary Dharma Teacher from Lexington, KY. She served as the former President of the Alliance for Bhikkhunis and founding member of Sakyadhita USA, Heartwood Refuge, NC and KY Peace Meditation Center. She taught recently at Mindful Nashville, Louisville and Lexington events and will present workshops at Sakyadhita International Buddhist Women’s Conference 2019 in Australia. She developed the Linkedin Buddhist Women’s Network and Facebook Mindful Buddhist Economics Group. Contact her at
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