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Meditating for Peaceful Elections in Sri Lanka

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I was just surfing the web and looking for socially engaged Buddhist events for a list I will post soon here, and I came across this fascinating piece of news. Sarvodaya, the Sri Lankan-based organization founded by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, organized and just finished a 12-day mass meditation event held in Colombo, with over 2,000 people participating. The purpose of the meditation was to “[harness] the spiritual energy of individuals through out the country to ensure a peaceful presidential election 2010 and to contribute to creating a peaceful society.”

There’s another story about the event here, from Asian News service.

In the past, Dr. Ariyaratne, surely one of the exemplars of socially engaged Buddhism, has led peace meditations with hundreds of thousands of people, embodying his belief that it is necessary for peaceworkers to themselves awaken, spiritually, and to transcend religious and ethnic differences.

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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