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INEB Report from Alan Senauke

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Alan Senauke, third from the right

My friend Hozan Alan Senauke has just posted a good report on the International Network of Engaged Buddhists conference that took place in Chiangmai, Thailand, last week. Alan and I were colleagues at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and I admire his dedicated work to support the people of Burma through The Clearview Project.

An excerpt from the report:

I am grateful to the conference organizers for several opportunities I was given to present and share ideas.  At the conference plenary, Ven. Dhammananda, the formidable Thai bhikkhuni, and I spoke about our experience and vision of engaged Buddhist community and organization. I helped my old friend Ouyporn Khuankaew explore issues of gender. On the last day I took part in an interfaith panel —Buddhist, Christian, Muslim — looking at spiritual practices that support our respective social action.

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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. 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.

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