August 17, 2009

Engaged Buddhism with sprinkles

In a new article on the the Buddhist Channel, Ven. Kobutsu Malone, Osho, writes:

Engaged Buddhism is not a “flavor” of Buddhism that we can choose as if we are at a “Buddhist” ice cream counter. “I’ll have a scoop of engaged and a scoop of personal… with sprinkles please!” Engaged practice is not about “choosing” to be “engaged” or not, more likely engaged practice chooses us.

The piece, entitled "Engaged Buddhism is not personal practice, it's the 'whole practice,'" picks apart the distinction between self-help perspectives on Buddhist practice and Buddhist avenues to social engagement. The point has been made before, but thanks is due for this succinct article. Give it a read.

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Jaime McLeod's picture

FYI, this essay comes from a large Q&A published on the Enlightenment Ward blog last month.