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In Boston… Hanging Out With the Protest Chaplains

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Hi everyone,

I’m on the road this weekend, so just a quick note to connect with all of you and let you know what I’m up to. About a week ago, I got this great idea that I should do my Upaya Chaplaincy Program final project on the Protest Chaplains. In case you haven’t heard of them, this started out as a group of folks affiliated with Harvard Divinity School who felt moved to offer a spiritual presence at Occupy Wall Street.

Over the past six weeks, they’ve grown in numbers and are now at a number of occupation sites around the U.S. This weekend, I’m here in Boston to spend time with the original group of Protest Chaplains and hear about their experiences.

Today I spent the afternoon in the Faith and Spirituality tent at the Occupy Boston site. I’ll share more of my writing about this with you in the future… but the biggest thing I learned today was that the role of the Faith and Spirituality group here in Boston is to “keep the movement rooted in love,” in the words of one of the participants. They’re doing a good job.

Here’s a great video from last week at Occupy Boston:

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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. Maia what a beautiful video! I wish I was there to experience the feeling this video was conveying. I loved the singing, the service and the message. Thank you for sharing it all!

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