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Call to Action: Meditate in Solidarity with OWS

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I very rarely post twice in the same day, but I know there’s a lot of traffic coming this way because of the post I just published on Occupy Wall Street, and I want to take this opportunity to amplify a call to action from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

The good folks at BPF are collaborating with The Interdependence Project, Off the Mat and Into the World, and Third Root Community Health Center to organize public meditations this weekend (October 15 and 16) in a show of solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

You can organize a meditation in your own community — take a look at this Facebook page that BPF has set up and use it as a template to create your own event. Then go back to the BPF FB page and list it on the wall there. I’ll check that page regularly and include those on the Calendar of Events here on the JC.

Time and time again, I’ve witnessed how a contemplative presence at major protests can offer people with a much-needed refuge… like this example from Washington, DC, several years ago. These public meditations can help to ground all our actions in love rather than fear, which is the key to sustainable social change. I’m planning to help make this happen here in my hometown of Santa Fe, and encourage you to get involved as well.

And please help spread this post… thanks!

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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. Compassionate meditation is also called metta meditation. “Metta” means loving kindness in Sanskrit. I have been doing this meditation since I was 18 years old, it was taught to me by a Buddhist monk. It has since helped me to live up to my life’s challenges until today. This meditation has helped me on the path of achieving my Doctorate Degree and my career as a Qualified Accountant and also having a loving family. This is not about superstitious but this meditation is about “Positive Mind” and “Action” and “Determination/Persistence”.

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