From the Cushion to Action: Engaged Buddhism
Buddhism starts with oneself and then extends in ever increasing circles of concern for all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas come from ancient tradition. These spiritual warriors work on their own awakening not just for their own benefit but for the betterment of the world. The beloved and influential Zen master and mindfulness teacher Thich Naht Hanh coined the term “engaged Buddhism” to capture to the spirit of the modern bodhisattva. The first order of business is to get our own house in order but once that has been accomplished to some degree, you don’t want to just hang around on the cushion gazing at your navel. The insights you gain from meditation fuel compassion and a desire to help others.