New Group Starting: Dharma in Action

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

A new discussion group meeting on the second Monday of the month.  Starting February 13th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

While the term “engaged buddhism” has come into popularity, the concept of engaging dharma practice in the world around us is “just Buddhism,” according to Thich Nhat Hanh. With that, we invite all EBS practitioners to join us each month for a practice group dedicated to engaging our practice through social action. We want to allow social action to fuel our spiritual fire and our spiritual practice to inform social action.

This group will acknowledge the stirrings of the interdependence of all phenomena, in order to liberate us from our egoic prisons. We will figure out together how to be in compassionate and resilient relationship with the world around us.

In this group, we may deal with issues like:

  • finding balance between social activism and personal practice
  • avoiding burnout
  • hearing the calling(s) of a cause(s) that resonates with you
  • supporting others on their unique life journeys
  • stablishing boundaries in social justice work

Dharma in Action will begin in the context of prison outreach through a Buddhist organization called Compassion Works for All, but has the potential for outgrowth and support in other social action arenas.

Practice sessions will include (optional) readings, discussion and volunteer opportunities to engage deeply with the suffering around us.

Contact Morgan Holladay for more information at mholladay@compassionarkansas.org or 501-773-1495. Morgan is the executive director of Compassion Works for All (founded by Anna Cox), whose mission is to offer healing and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and people in prison. Morgan attends the Vajrayana Nyingma practice on Sundays at EBS and practices Vipassana meditation.

Meeting dates and times:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • onday, June 12, 6-7:30 p.m.