Buddhists Responding CorvallisSocial Action and Justice Group
Buddhists Responding Corvallis is an informal group that formed around concerns for social justice and care of the environment and is an outgrowth of Buddhists Responding in Eugene that was originated by our sibling sangha, Zen West ~ Empty Field. Its purpose is to bring a dharma perspective to social engagement and support action that aligns with our values and commitment to the Zen path of wisdom and compassion. Buddhists Responding Corvallis meets monthly, has an online google group, and is and has been involved in issues such as homelessness, climate change, the Rohingya Crisis, equity and inclusion, supporting free press, and building empathy and understanding in our community.
If you would like to be included in the google group, please email Senmyo: email@example.com
What does it mean to confront in social/environmental injustice from a place of practice?
As Zen Buddhists, we commit to:
2. Cultivate Resilience and Safety Within – We work with our own fears and perceived threats rather than project them outwards and rely on the strength of not knowing. When we feel safe in ourselves, we can approach others who think and feel and act differently than us while maintaining our own integrity.
3. Follow the Precepts – We ask this: What does it mean here to cease from harm? What is cultivating the good? While the precepts are impossible to keep perfectly, particularly in the social sphere, we try to speak the truth, not be deluded by anger, and avoid praising the self and disparaging others as a means of influence.
4. Drop the Divide – Where ever we notice we have made an “other” – an individual or a group that garners our contempt or judgement as being lesser, we work to maintain respect in all beings fundamental value while engaging in constructive conflict.
5. Respond Authentically – While no response is off the table, we particularly value the response that is most intimate, inspired, life affirming, connected to the heart and that seeks to connect others to their awakened mind. Letting go of guaranteed outcomes, or evaluations of large and small, we bring our best compassion (for all) and wisdom to our voices.