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Buddhism, Humanism and Ethics Event; & New SMART Recovery Program

Event: Is Morality Possible Without God or Karma?

Join the Yale Humanist Community (YHC) and Buddhist Life at Yale for a joint discussion on morality and ethics without karma or God.

Student Buddhist Life at Yale advisor Seon Joon Sunim and Rutgers Assistant Humanist Chaplain David Bryce Yaden will offer short presentations, followed by a group discussion facilitated by YHC’s Coordinator of Humanist Life Chris Stedman. Come learn more about ethics and morality, share your thoughts, and meet people from Yale’s Buddhist and Humanist communities!

Seon Joon SunimDavid YadenSeon Joon Sunim was born in Littleton, Colorado in 1980. She graduated from Yale University in 2002, and moved to Korea the following year to pursue monastic ordination in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. She entered monastic training in 2005 and, following preliminary training, matriculated to Un Mun Monastic College in 2008 as its first non-Korean monastic to enter the regular training program and curriculum. She graduated in 2012, received full (bhikkuni) precepts, and returned to the U.S. Currently, Seon Joon Sunim serves as an advisor for Student Buddhist Life at Yale.

David Bryce Yaden is a researcher at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, works in collaboration with UPenn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and studies the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences with Dr. Andrew Newberg. He provides healthcare business consulting services as well as public health education with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management with Lourdes Health System. He serves as an Assistant Humanist Chaplain for Rutgers University.

The event will be held on Tuesday February 11th 7pm.  Location to be determined, but will be on Yale Campus.  This event is open to Yale students only.   If you have any questions, just let us know!

SMART Recovery: A Science Based Alternative to AA

The YHC is proud to announce the development of a new SMART Recovery program in New Haven.  SMART is a quickly growing national organization with local meetings around the country and affiliates in countries around the world.  You can visit their national website here.

smart recovery logo

The goal of SMART, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, is to provide quality therapy and community for individuals struggling with alcohol addiction.  As opposed to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous which rely heavily on God and Christian theology, SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® is grounded in the scientific literature on addiction and evolves as research expands.

For further information visit their website at: smartne.org/meetings/EastHaven_CT.  SMART Recovery New England’s first meeting will be held:

March 22nd

2:45 – 3:45pm

Hagaman Memorial Library
Community Room
227 Main St.
East Haven, CT 06512


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