Kudos to the Interdependence Project for organizing this public display of contemplation… a sit in the middle of a NYC subway station.There’s a nice interfaith moment midway through the video when some calls out, “Jesus! Repent!”
During the years that I lived in San Francisco and took BART, I often used the time waiting for the train to do some stealth zazen and metta practice… come to think of it, the underground and underworld is the realm of Jizo!
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.
Awesome idea! thank you for sharing, Maia. You are right, the underworld of public transportation is like our modern version of the ancient caves where the Buddha used to meditate with his disciples. What a perfect place to share the Dharma!