Manifesting A Beloved Community: In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

January 18th

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    Room: Library or other space

    “I remember the last time I met Dr King, we spoke about community-building. Unfortunately King was killed not long after that, and I vowed to myself, that even in exile, I would redouble my efforts, and put all my energy into the practice of building the Beloved Community we had discussed together.”   Thich Nhat Hanh

    In Shambhala we speak of Creating Enlighted Society. As individuals, many of us are engaged in work that works towards that goal. As a sangha, do we make it our community effort? How might we engage more with our larger community of Philadelphia…and the planet? On this weekend when we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, we might reflect on our personal relationship with socially-engaged Buddhism.

    In this workshop, we will explore the questions: What is the relationship between our Buddhist practice and social engagement? How does each influence the other, or interweave with the other?

    “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together into a single garment of destiny. Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.“     Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

     “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.”    Dalai Lama


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