Engaged Buddhism

  • Why I Support Fast Food Workers Paid Member

    By the end of the day on Thursday, December 4th, fast food workers will have walked off the job in 190 cities across the United States, the latest in a series of single-day strikes that have taken place over the past two years. The workers are demanding a base wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize. More »
  • Meditating in Public Paid Member

    As members of the Northeastern University Buddhist Group settled into their meditation cushions on Saturday, November 22, and found their breath, a biting wind blew through the green in Boston’s Copley Square. A golden, Thai-style Buddha sat in front of them, its jewelled robe catching the light off of John Hancock Tower. But this wasn’t just a street retreat or a public meditation—it was a protest against climate change. “Every faith group at Northeastern does a service project . . . and we wanted to somehow bring mindfulness meditation—some aspect of the dharma, the teachings of the Buddha—into society, and obviously for a good cause,” explained Emily Burke, a junior at Northeastern University and a member of its Buddhist Group that helped organize the event. More »
  • Watch: Commit to Compassion Paid Member

    Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell, founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, on why one would commit to a life service, Join the special Tricycle Community discussion with Koshin and Chodo here! More »
  • The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism’s Front Lines Paid Member

    The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism’s Front Lines (Clear View Press, 2010, 244 pp., paper, $15) is a collection of personal essays written by Alan Senauke over the last twenty years. Senauke, former director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and advisor to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, is a Zen priest who writes with authority on the topic of engaged Buddhism, from Israel and Palestine to the streets of Burma. He takes on difficult subjects to invite readers to “bear witness” to them, holding the belief that the deep suffering of the world naturally inspires compassionate action. Throughout his essays, Senuake’s words are like rocks: simple and strong. It’s a no-nonsense, sober approach to the truth of suffering, and Senuake’s message is clear: we’re all in this together, so let’s help each other out. More »
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    Fleet Maull on Bearing Witness Rwanda Paid Member

    via the Peacemaker Institute youtube channel, Fleet Maull & Peter Cunningham discuss why someone would attend the Bearing Witness Rwanda Retreat. To help support the second Bearing Witness Rwanda Retreat (April 10 - 15, 2011), click here. Click here to read Tricycle's interview with Fleet from our Spring 2004 issue. More »