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Changes at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the first organization in the U.S. devoted to socially engaged Buddhism (founded in 1978)… executive director Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is stepping down from her position, and Sarah Weintraub will be taking over as ED.

From a letter from Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, BPF’s board president:

“[Sarah] is a human rights activist and member of the Bay Area Zen community.  Sarah has extensive experience in socially engaged work, including three years with a Peace Community in Colombia, South America.   She is grounded in an understanding of the Dharma, having grown up in the San Francisco Zen Center community and, after her return from Colombia, training for two years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.”

Best wishes to Zenju, who will be finishing up several book projects as well as continuing to lead meditation retreats, and congratulations to Sarah!

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About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. Currently, I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work. I also direct the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center along with Roshi Joan Halifax, where we forge new pathways of everyday engagement and servant leadership.

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  1. Thanks for starting the blog.

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  2. Pingback: Looking Back at the Year in Socially Engaged Buddhism |

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