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West Meets East: A CEO's Journey to Buddhism and Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings with Thomas Bruner


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 10
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $30 before Oct. 1, $35 after

A former Buddhist monk-in-training and longtime Buddhist practitioner, Mr. Bruner leads an interactive discussion of the life of the Buddha, and the core teachings he expounded upon his enlightenment. Learn about the journey of the Buddha from a child of wealth and privilege, to spiritual seeker, to “enlightened one” and teacher. We will explore Buddha’s core teachings – the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. A former “Type A” executive, Bruner shares his journey experiencing these teachings as a Westerner, and their applicability to day-to-day life.

A San Antonio native, Thomas Bruner has traveled from CEO of a scrappy start-up in Texas, to Vice President with the nation’s largest humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C., to consultant helping businesses and organizations do great work in leadership & governance, diversity, equity & inclusion, and financial development through Bruner Strategies. He is a senior lay disciple at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon – one of the country’s leading Soto Zen Buddhist temples. He became a Buddhist in 2003 and took the late Kyogen Carlson, Sensei, as his teacher in 2006. Bruner spent 2014 living and working at Dharma Rain as a postulant while discerning the possibility of ordaining as a monk. To Learn more about Thomas’s work, visit Bruner Strategies.

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