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A Year-ful of Engaged Dharma

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Something that I noticed during my days editing Turning Wheel for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship was that there didn’t seem to be one place that aggregated all the socially engaged Buddhist events going on. And there are lots.

I’ve already collected a few of them on this blog, and I just did a search and found more. So, in the hopes that this will be of benefit, here’s a calendar of some of the major events for the year. Please add more in the comments section, and give us details like when, where, and a link for more information.


Feb 12 – 14: Ready from Within A Quaker/Buddhist interfaith program exploring the spiritual dimensions of social action. Where: Oxfordshire, UK. More info:

March 2 – May 10: Walk for a Nuclear-Free Future The monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Pagoda will lead a Walk for a Nuclear Free Future to offer prayer and call attention to the United Nation’s review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Where: Their route will take them from Buffalo, NY, to New York City. Click here for more info.

March 7 – June 1: ZENVC Ango: Practicing Everyday Life. ZENVC Ango is a three-month intensive in the fire of your daily life, offering deep study and reflection, skillful means, and lots of support for those who respond to this calling. Where: A virtual practice period done you’re your home, with a concluding 7-day retreat in North Carolina. Click here for more info.

March 18 21: Buddhism Without Borders. The Institute of Buddhist Studies hosts this conference on contemporary developments of Buddhism in the West. Where: Berkeley, CA More info:

March 23 24: The Dharma of Living Systems and the Work That Reconnects A workshop with Joanna Macy. Where: Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM   More info:

April 1 – 4: Zen Peacemakers Street Retreat. Where: Washington DC More info:

April 11 – 16: Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda. In Partnership with Memos: Learning From History and many other Rwandan NGO partners, the Peacemaker Institute is proud to announce the first Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda. More info:

May 1: Fifth Annual Buddhist Women’s Conference: Dharma in Motion. Offers an opportunity for Buddhists to share experiences, to deepen our spiritual lives, and to discuss the Dharma and its action in our lives. Where: Chicago, IL  More info:

May 1 – 5: Zen Peacemakers Retreat on Bearing Witness to the Greek Refugee Issues. Where: Athens and Lesbos, Greece. More info:

May 1 – May 10: Sustaining Resistance, Empowering Renewal This workshop offers a range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective. Where: in a remote and wild valley in the Catalan Pyrenees. Click here for more info.

May 12 – 15: Zen Peacemakers Street Retreat. Where: Zurich, Switzerland. More info:

Aug 5 – 8: Dharma at the Edge: Training in Socially Engaged Buddhism and Servant Leadership A workshop with Roshi Joan Halifax, Sensei Fleet Maull, and guest Jimmy Santiago Baca. Where: Santa Fe, NM  More info:

Aug 9 – 15: Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism. A major gathering of Western Socially Engaged Buddhist activists, academics and sponsors. Speakers include Roshi Bernie Glassman, Roshi Joan Halifax, Hozan Alan Senauke, Paula Green, Frank Ostaseski, and more. Where: Montague, MA  More info:

Nov 1 – 5: Bearing Witness Auschwitz Retreat Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 15th year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland. More info:

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.

3 responses »

  1. Rwanda… I just started reading Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire. Powerful witnessing of a profound tragedy.

  2. Thanks for doing this. This is sorely needed. I hope this becomes a regular feature of your blog.

  3. Pingback: Celebrating International Women’s Day « The Jizo Chronicles

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