Joanna Macy and Sulak Sivaraksa: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Keynote Event
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"If the world is to be healed by human efforts,
I am convinced that it will be by ordinary people...
People whose love for this life
is even greater than their fear."
~ Joanna Macy
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
"Buddhism is not concerned
just with private destiny,
but with the lives and consciousness
of all beings.
Any attempt to understand Buddhism
apart from its social dimension
is fundamentally a mistake.
Until Western Buddhists understand this,
their embrace of Buddhism
will not help very much
in the efforts to bring about
meaningful and positive social change,
or even in their struggle
to transform their ego."
~ Sulak Sivaraksa
Thai activist and co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Sulak Sivaraksa is a scholar, teacher, and renowned advocate for peace. He is flying all the way from Thailand to join us for this rare and precious dialogue.
This Keynote event is open to the public and we'd love to have you join us on the evening of Friday, August 29.
The event will also mark the beginning of a weekend-long BPF National Gathering: multigenerational Buddhist activists from around the country, meeting face-to-face to deepen our practice in social justice and spiritual awakening.
In 1968, Buddhist poet Gary Snyder wrote a challenging piece called "Buddhism and the Coming Revolution." In it, he says, "The mercy of the West has been social revolution; the mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both."
Ten years later, in 1978, Robert Aitken Roshi and friends founded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship as the first organizational flower of socially engaged Buddhism here in the West taking inspiration from Asian social justice leaders like Thich Nhat Hanh.
Our mission is to connect dharma, social justice, and environmental healing, working for collective liberation.
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