Buddhists Responding Corvallis

Social 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.

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If you would like to be included in the google group, please email Senmyo:  hkrimsly@gmail.com

What does it mean to confront in social/environmental injustice from a place of practice?

As Zen Buddhists, we commit to:

1. Seek Real Understanding – Beyond simplistic blame, we take time to find out about the many influences through reliable sources that enter into particular events of injustice or environmental harm that touch us. Know we will never have the whole picture. Notice that these conditions of greed, hate and delusion are not “out there” but are found as seeds in all of us. 

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.