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A Trio of Marvelous Engaged Buddhist Talks

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Jimmy Santiago Baca

We’re in a rich stretch of time here at Upaya Zen Center, where I direct the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. On Sunday, we graduated 13 chaplains, and we’re currently training 43 students in our second and third cohorts. I’ll write more about all that soon.

For now, I thought you might enjoy three powerful dharma talks given here at Upaya over this past month. Upaya provides these as a service to the community; any donation you feel inspired to give to support these offerings is greatly appreciated.

Ouyporn Khuankaew on Feminism and Buddhism for Transformation
Ouyporn is the founder of the International Woman’s Partnership for Peace and Justice in Thailand. She begins by speaking about her motivation for becoming a peace activist and feminist. Ouyporn also discusses the meaning and importance of engaged Buddhism in Thailand.

Jimmy Santiago Baca on “Seeing it to the End (And All the Stops In Between)
Jimmy Santiago Baca begins with a variety of compelling stories related to his life in prison and the way in which writing and reading became an important part of his life at that time. He moves on to discuss his book “A Place to Stand”, and his present work teaching literacy in prisons.

Eve Ensler on “The Future is Girl”
Eve Ensler begins by speaking about the process of writing her new book, I’m an Emotional Creature. She also explores a variety of topics including the pressures on girls to conform, the importance of social change, and her work in the Congo.

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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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