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Great, Big, Crazy Love — Bodhisattvas Abound!

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2011 Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Graduates (photo by Lynette Monteiro)

I’m in the midst of an intensive training time for Upaya Zen Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, so I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a while.

This past Sunday, we graduated 18 inspiring people who are re-defining what it means to be a chaplain. I’m so proud to be involved in the program and a witness to each of their journeys. One of those graduates is Penny Alsop, who has created a beautiful website called Great Big Crazy Love. As Penny writes,

Great Big Crazy Love is the virtual manifestation of bearing witness to the joys and sufferings of our world. Born of the inspiration of an improbable Buddhist chaplain trained at the Upaya Zen Center, trips to the Gulf of Mexico in response to the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon rig, visits to prisons and the desire to help fund spiritual first-response efforts, she drew the circle wide enough for everyone’s story.

I invite you to enjoy Penny’s Great Big Crazy Love to see and hear more of the stories of these people that I am proud to call my friends and colleagues. And go out there and create some of your own great, big, crazy love!


If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to visit my other website: The Liberated Life Project — a personal transformation blog with a social conscience.

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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