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: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/27859/
Ruth King’s talk: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/539/talk/26256/
An article that includes the Fourtheen Precepts of the Order of Interbeing: https://www.lionsroar.com/the-fourteen-precepts-of-engaged-buddhism/