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Tuesday, August 3 (7-8:30 PM): “DISASTER DHARMA: ENGAGED BUDDHISM IN HAITI” with Jordan Van Voast, M.Ac. of Communici Acupuncture

When a major disaster strikes, the world responds with compassion – people write checks to aid organizations, and many drop what they are doing to join emergency response teams travelling to the disaster zone to offer direct service. Compassion, however, has many interpretations ranging from short term strategies for alleviating suffering, to long term development projects to bring recovery to a devastated area, and, in a Buddhist context (even longer term) to leading individuals on to the path of liberation and enlightenment. Join Seattle acupuncturist and Buddhist practitioner, Jordan Van Voast, as he shares images and personal reflections on the many levels of compassion from his trip to Haiti in February with the Tzu Chi International Medical Association.

Jordan Van Voast. M.Ac. graduated from Bowdoin College in 1981 with a BA in Psychology. In 1997 he completed his Masters in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. He is an adjunct clinical faculty member of Bastyr University, serving as a preceptor for students interested in the community acupuncture model. In October, 2005, he joined Acupuncturists Without Borders to do trauma relief work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and subsequently became a Team Leader on later trips, as well as a founding member of the Board of Directors. In 2007, he cofounded “CommuniChi”, the first community acupuncture clinic in Seattle. He has also worked in a variety of community health clinics including a Tibetan refugee clinic in Northern India, and a variety of public health clinics in Seattle. He also serves on the Board of the Dharma Friendship Foundation, a Buddhist center in Seattle. In February of 2010, he joined Tzu Chi International Medical Association’s relief mission in Haiti.

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