Engaged Buddhism

Apropos to some discussion last week, this Sunday Mike B led the Sangha on the topic of Engaged Buddhism.

Many have criticized the Buddhist path over the centuries for its inward focus, but in fact the Buddha himself was a powerful advocate for peace and equality. Buddhist leaders like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh have had a profound social impact in our current era. The Bodhisattva vows are entirely devoted to changing not just ourselves, but the whole world.
The challenge for those engaged in such a practice is to enter the world of conflicting ideas and strong opinions with kindness, compassion, and without becoming overwhelmed.

Here are the talks which Mike played:

Tara Brach’s talk:

Ruth King’s talk:

An article that includes the Fourtheen Precepts of the Order of Interbeing: