In just a little more than a month, the good folks at the Zen Peacemaker Community will be hosting a fantastic Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism up in the pastoral beauty of Montague, MA.
The dates are August 9 – 14, and speakers include Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Hozan Alan Senauke, Sarah Weintraub, Daniel Goleman, and Paula Green… there are many more great people on the schedule.
Here’s an invitation: I’m not able to be at the symposium, but if any readers of the Jizo Chronicles are going and would like to write some dispatches from the event, I’d be happy to publish them here. Please contact me at maia [at] gmail [dot] com to let me know if you’re interested in serving as our reporter.
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.
It looks fantastic. It is too bad, however, that there is only on-campus lodging for 14 people. It would be a pain to rent a car and drive 8 miles or more back and forth each day.
Thanks Maia! It will be a great symposium. I can’t wait.
Wish I could see you there, Maia! I’ll be a volunteer. Looking forward to some challenging, inspiring, and thought-provoking discussion.
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