Quote of the Week: Joanna Macy
Rev. Danny Fisher is my blogging inspiration, and I always appreciate the great quotes he puts up on his site. So, riffing off of Danny, introducing a new feature: quote of the week!
This is one of my favorites from Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar and activist, and author of a number of books including World as Love, World as Self, and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.
“It is my experience that the world itself has a role to play in our liberation. Its very pressures, pains, and risks can wake us up–release us from the bonds of ego and guide us home to our vast true nature.”
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.
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.
A great person, a great quote to start with!