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Bodhisattvas in the Trenches

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I just gave this blog a new subtitle: Bodhisattvas in the Trenches (the old one was “practicing socially engaged Buddhism beyond labels”). The intention with the new tagline is to emphasize the stories from people who are ‘out in the field,’ doing the good work, in the midst of suffering, violence, confusion, and other afflictions.

The recent posts from nonviolent peaceworkers in Thailand are a good example of these, and I will be featuring more stories like that in the near future — including a woman who works with street kids in a “Zen kitchen” in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown East Side, a man who is a nuclear disarmament policy expert within the Hudson Institute, and more. If you have a “bodhisattva in the trenches” story you want to share, I’d love to hear it. You can contact me at maia [dot] duerr [at]

Thanks for your continued readership.

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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  1. I very much like the new subtitle!

    • Thanks, Arun. The old one was kind of problematic, as you helped me to see. What I was really trying to get at with the previous one (‘beyond labels’) is that I want to bring in lots of different voices and points of view on socially engaged Buddhism. But it just sounded contradictory and confusing. Anyway, I like this new one way better too. Thanks for reading!


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