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Socially Engaged Buddhism Symposium: Round-up of Coverage

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As promised, here is a round-up of the online coverage of the Socially Engaged Buddhist Symposium held recently at the Zen Peacemakers’ House of One People:

  • The Zen Peacemakers website has summaries of the keynote speeches as well as each of the panels. You can also purchase DVDs on this page as well.

Can Green Buddhism Save the Earth?

Burma’s Saffron Revolution Comes to the Symposium

Special Ministries Discussed at Symposium (including prison ministry and mental health)

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Stress Reduction

There are more articles posted there, so be sure to visit the BW blog.

  • And I know that Kenneth Kraft, co-author of The New Social Face of Buddhism, has an article about to be posted on the Bearing Witness blog, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Did I miss anything? If you were at the Symposium, what are your reflections?

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. I have been trying to write something, but feeling overwhelmed and incapable of producing something that is positive or balanced enough.

    I’ll let you know if I manage it, though. 🙂

    Thanks for the links.

  2. Secundra Beasley

    Thanks for the continued posts of the conference. I was wondering are their any books that (for lack of a better phrase) deal with social engaged buddhism? I would like to read more about this subject.


    • Hi Secundra,

      There are many books I’d recommend… your question gives me an idea to create a resource list for this blog so that other people can access the list too.

      But for starters, a good one is The Engaged Buddhist Reader, edited by Arnie Kotler. It came out a number of years ago but is still a great collection of essays on the topic. Check it out here:



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