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Articles on Socially Engaged Buddhism and a New Program

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Articles on Socially Engaged Buddhism and a New Program

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As you may know, these days I’m primarily posting at my main website,  If you’re not yet signed up for the list on that site, here are a few items of interest to Jizo Chronicle readers:

Recent posts on socially engaged Buddhism and dharma:

  • Toward a Socially Responsible Mindfulness — a beginning effort to draft a “Socially Responsible Mindfulness Manifesto” that invites mindfulness teachers to include social and environmental justice concerns into their work. Includes an interview with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.
  • Dreams of Freedom: Responding to Charleston — based on a dharma talk I gave at Upaya Zen Center in response to the June 17, 2015, massacre at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
  • The Tree of Contemplative Practices — the story behind the Tree, which I created while working as the research director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.


Online Program: Waking Up to Your Life

If you’ve been seeking more guidance and accountability for your spiritual journey,
Waking Up to Your Life” may be just what you’ve been looking for. This 12-week program, starting September 20th, supports you to establish or deepen a contemplative practice and learn how to apply that practice in a powerful way that helps you to have healthier relationships, more fulfilling work, and deeper engagement with our world. Co-taught by Katya Lesher and myself.

Registration for Waking Up is now open (until September 18)… learn more on this page. If you have questions about the program and want to explore if it’s right for you, please feel free to contact me — maia [at] maiaduerr [dot] com


palms together,


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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