Engaged Buddhist Practice
Social engagement does not only mean taking care of hungry children in remote areas or protesting wars.
It means first engaging to transform suffering right where you are,
then slowly moving out from there as far as you can.
— Sister Chan Khong
Engaged Buddhist Practice is "Applied Buddhism”: Justice, Harmony & Lovingkindness, The 8-Fold Path (Right Livelihood, Right Action, Right Compassion, Right Intention, Right Mindfulness, Right Effort, Right Virtue, Right Speech), The Bodhisattva Precepts (The Three Pure Precepts: Do No Harm, Do Good & Do Good For Others).
Engaged Buddhist Practice began with the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama who encouraged Monks & Nuns to travel around to spread the word about the Liberation from suffering, generosity, nonviolence, interdependence, selflessness, mindfulness and compassion.
The phrase was coined by Thich Nhat Hanh in the 1950’s to engage in the social, economic, environmental & political issues throughout the World.
Mandala Café is an expression of Engaged Buddhist Practice.
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Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity.
It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice,
the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer,
the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and Justice.
It is about a revolution of Love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressor free.
― Shane Claiborne, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals