Do politics belong in the Dharma Hall?

Buddhist academic and teacher John Peacock thinks so. He believes that for too many, Buddhist practice is a retreat into a quietism that ignores the pressing social and political realities of our time. Despite modern Buddhism’s history of engagement, many in the meditation-centric schools, he argues, continue to view practice as a personal and private undertaking. Political discussion, in Peacock’s view, must find its way into the Dharma Hall and be made integral to our everyday practice.

In this virtual event on February 26 at 1 P.M. ET, Peacock and Tricycle’s Editor-in-Chief, James Shaheen, discuss this perspective from Peacock’s latest Tricycle article “The Elephant in the Dharma Hall,” which Peacock describes as “an intentionally polemical piece meant to invite discussion.”

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John Peacock

John Peacock is a retired academic and a Buddhist practitioner for over fifty years. He initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India and subsequently studied Theravada in Sri Lanka. He lectured in philosophy at the University of Manchester, Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol and finally became co-director of the Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy at the University of Oxford. John has been teaching meditation for over thirty years and continues to research and teach the similarities and differences between early Greek thought and practice, existentialism and early Buddhism. He has a particular focus on ethics within all of these different approaches.


  • Date: February 26, 2024
  • Time: 1-2 P.M. ET
  • Format: Zoom webinar
  • Price: Premium subscribers: Free // General admission: $10