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ACTIVISM 2.0

In ACTIVISM by Adam Dreisler1 Comment

It is as if the house of human civilisation is on fire and a few of the inhabitants are trying to yell to the others that the house is burning. The other people hear it but would rather ignore it since it seems like a hassle to put it out, and would rather just continue what they are doing.

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ENGAGED BUDDHISM

In ACTIVISM by Sonia Gomes14 Comments

Engaged Buddhism is not a separate school from others; it is more of an interpretation of social commitment that appears in all trends of contemporary Buddhism. It emphases the unity needed between the inner work and the work in the world, the social action as deep compassion, the result of a deep understanding of reality, their dynamics and mutual causalities.

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FUNDAMENTALISM IS NOT PEOPLE, IT’S AN ATTITUDE

In ACTIVISM by Erik Pema Kunsang10 Comments

There is no copyright on the tendency to be close-minded, shutting off reason and empathy. It can unfold within the mind of anyone.
The resulting arrogance, and the aggressive and abusive behavior that the fundamentalist attitude breeds, can be changed by opening our hearts with kindness and freeing our minds through insight.

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CHANGING FROM THE TOP DOWN OR THE BOTTOM UP

In ACTIVISM by Pema Dragpa3 Comments

Meditation develops one’s open-mindness, sensitivity and appreciation, while enhancing one’s ability to stay focused and engaged with more challenging experiences. Wouldn’t meditators of all traditions therefore have a key role in contributing to solutions for the difficulties the world is now facing?
The debate is open.

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UNIVERSALISM

In ACTIVISM by Christopher JudgesLeave a Comment

Human beings believe separateness is the true reality, not interconnectedness. They believe in the autonomy of me from you, the separateness of body from mind, climate from man’s activities. Think of the many trillions of different subjects in trillions of endless lists of separated items and disciplines to be fixed, improved, voted on or changed.

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CULTURAL FACTORS SHAPING BUDDHA’S MESSAGE

In ACTIVISM by Ira Rechtshaffer2 Comments

In contrast with the Buddhist message, which affirms the preciousness of our human birth and our original enlightened nature, there are psychological and socioeconomic forces in our western culture working in exact opposition. Several developments in our cultural history have dramatically shaped our view of ourselves, displacing us from cosmic significance and eventually led to a mood of nihilistic doubt about our awakened heart of compassion

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FROM RECOVERY TO TAKING REFUGE: A TESTIMONY

In ACTIVISM by Alejandro Serrano8 Comments

I was struggling with anger and resistance to accept I was being an asshole to my loved ones, my sponsor asked: “have you kneeled to God lately?”. I was utterly surprised by that question. “What in the world is he talking about?”, I thought. I felt offended. I couldn’t believe he had the nerves to ask me to kneel.