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August: Time for an In-Breath

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Dear friends,

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling mightily to post something here on a regular basis… and I haven’t been very successful. Usually I post twice a week, but as you may have noted, there has only been one post the entire month of July. Maybe that’s just the way summer is — conducive to mush brain.

August promises to be just as challenging, and in fact I’ve already taken steps to create some brief sabbatical time on The Liberated Life Project (my stealth dharma blog).

So rather than fight it, I’m going to do the same with Jizo and take a one-month break from blogging here, through the month of August.

During that time, I’ll be deeply involved with engaged Buddhist work (live, in-person, not just online!) as we head into our intensive training time in the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. From August 12 -14, Roshi Joan Halifax and Sensei Fleet Maull will teach on the Five Buddha Families, and then from August 19 – 21, Roshi Joan and Roshi Bernie Glassman offer a weekend on Bearing Witness to the Oneness of Life. In between, I’ll be supporting Upaya’s chaplaincy students as they do their own deep dive into compassionate action informed by dharma practice.

Before I go, a few news items to share with you:

There’s plenty of good stuff to check out in the Jizo Chronicles archives if you miss the writing here. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful month and I look forward to seeing you back here in September!

Palms together,
Maia

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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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