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Re-posting this perennial favorite… Happy Interdependence Day to everyone!

The Jizo Chronicles

As the Fourth of July approaches, I’d like to offer an alternative way to think about and celebrate the day. How about a day of remembering how interdependent we all are?

The essay below was originally written in 2004 by Alan Senauke of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and presented to delegates of the Republican and Democractic conventions that year. A number of people contributed to subsequent drafts, including: Robert Aitken Roshi, Hilda Ryumon Gutiérrez Baldoquín, Diane Gregorio, Ken Kraft, Santikaro Larsen, Diana Lion, David Loy, Bob Lyons, Susan Moon, Cliff Reiss, Craig Richards, Donald Rothberg, Cedar Spring, Diana Winston, and myself.

The essay was updated in 2006 and the questions at the bottom were added at that time.


A Declaration of Interdependence:
A Call to Transform the Three Poisons for the Sake of All Sentient Beings

January 2006

As concerned global citizens and as members of a diverse Buddhist…

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Jizo Bits ‘n Pieces

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A few short items that I hope are of interest to readers of The Jizo Chronicles:

Compassionate Earth Manifesto

Check out this powerful dharma testimony to ‘touching the earth’ from Soto Buddhist priest Shodo Spring, who has devoted her life to activism and practice in service of the planet. I first met Shodo when she joined the “Buddhist Peace Delegation” to Washington DC in 2005. More recently, she was part of the large group that was arrested for civil disobedience in front of the White House in protest of the Tar Sands pipeline last autumn.


Health and Healing for Radical Buddhists: Call for Submissions

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s Turning Wheel magazine (now primarily in a digital incarnation) is seeking submissions “that help us expand our ideas about health and healing beyond ‘the personal journey of healing’ that too often dominates the mainstream spiritual narrative.” Deadline to submit is July 18th. Prose, poetry, photographs, interviews, video, audio, and multi-media are all welcome forms of submissions. For more info, visit


Fall in Love With Your Work

Finally, this is something that’s very much in alignment with the Buddhist principle of right livelihood. I’m launching “Fall in Love With Your Work,” my first e-course this Sunday, July 1st. Register by this Saturday, June 30th, if you’re interested. The course is for anyone who:

* feels “stuck” in their professional life and wants to forge a path toward more meaningful work
* is seeking to feel more passion and meaning in their current job
* is considering starting their own business but needs support to discern if this is the right thing to do, and needs tools to take the next step toward that goal


Dharma of Food Justice: Call For Submissions! | Turning Wheel Media

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For the month of July at Turning Wheel Media, help us highlight issues of food justice! Submit your prose, poetry, photographs, interviews, video, audio, and multi-media work by June 15th…

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Socially Engaged Buddhism… Bits and Pieces

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The author and Roshi Bernie Glassman at Upaya Zen Center (photo by Roshi Joan Halifax)

For my longtime readers, I miss seeing you here… for my newer readers, just to get you up to speed, I don’t post very regularly on The Jizo Chronicles anymore. I am focusing my energy these days on my other blog, The Liberated Life Project, as well as on the work I do as Upaya Zen Center’s director of community outreach and development.

I’m having a rare quiet night so thought I’d give this blog a little attention and share some news from the world of socially engaged Buddhism that’s come across my desk this past month:

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Seasons Greetings

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In the snow a single twig of plum blossoms!
The whole universe is plum blossoms.



Wishing all my readers a blessed holiday season…
May all beings dwell in peace, joy, and sufficiency this coming year.


Two Good Things for Jizo Chronicle Readers

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This short post is just to let you know about two things I created recently that you might be interested in —

• A free e-book called “Collected Words” — I compiled some of my favorite pieces of writing over the years and am giving it away to celebrate my birthday (which was last Sunday). There are a number of essays on engaged Buddhism in the book, which is available for download on my other blog, The Liberated Life Project.

“Fully Engaged!” — a toolkit for small nonprofit organizations who are looking for help with marketing. There’s a special 25% discount on the kit until 7 pm (Pacific Time) tomorrow, November 30th.

We’ll return to our ‘regular programming’ in the next post — thanks for reading!

May you be well,


The Greatest Wealth is contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty (David Loy)

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A reflection by David Loy…
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