The Bodhisattva Vow
The Bodhisattva Vow is a commitment to see one’s spiritual practice as one of service.
When I recognize that all living things are interconnected, how can I be free if others are in pain? So instead of pursuing my own enlightenment, I see that my freedom is bound up with the freedom of others. I roll up my sleeves and see how I can serve.
What are the creative ways the Japanese are responding? How is it instructive to us? How can cultural stories change? What if we replaced our current idea of enlightenment to a distant “nirvana” with a social awakening?
The same solutions that will solve our ecological problems, our economic uncertainties, and our social imbalances are the very same solutions that will help us psychologically and spiritually. Social actions and spirituality go together.
The Short Film
Filmmaker Ian Mackenzie (Occupy Love) and I plan to go to Japan to learn how the Japanese are responding to the melting Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. How are the old Zen traditions and cities of beautiful temples responding? How are the young rethinking the stories of their lives? How can we embody the Boddhisattva vow in this time?
Editor: Brianna Bemel