Buddhism & Social Action. {Video}

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How can we bring our path of practice to life?

By engaging with the world fully and intimately—starting with the most basic aspects of our own lives.

In the video below, at the request of Lodro Rinzler of the 35 under 35 project, I talk about the relationship between Buddhist practice and social action, covering everything from materialism, transcendence, situational ethics, the occupy movement and compartmentalization to intimacy.

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Editor: Lynn Hasselberger


About Michael Stone (Centre of Gravity)

Centre of Gravity is a thriving community of Yoga and Buddhist practitioners integrating committed formal practice and modern urban life. We offer weekly sits, text studies, yoga practice and dharma talks. Retreats, guest speakers, online courses and audio talks deepen the feel. Each week Michael Stone dishes a talk, often on primary texts by Dogen, Patanjali, and the Buddha, that are collaged with today's headlines and psychological insights to produce an engaged shape shifting dharma, at once historical, personal and political. Notes on these talks by Mike Hoolboom form the heart of this blog. Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. He travels internationally teaching about the intersection of Yoga, Buddhism and mental health. He has written four books with Shambhala Publications on ethics, yoga's subtle body, inner/outer pilgrimmages, and the sometimes uneasy blend of social engagement and Buddhism. Please check out the website at www.centreofgravity.org .


2 Responses to “Buddhism & Social Action. {Video}”

  1. Eric says:

    Michael~ thank you for sharing this. one of my teachers (Tenshin Reb Anderson) was a student of Suzuki Roshi and also shared these ideas of taking care of others, intimacy, and the reminder about preconceptions:
    "You can't be in the room before you're in the room."

    There was an analogy that Occupy was like a passenger in a speeding car who sees that they are approaching the edge of a cliff and suggests that they apply the brakes and stop, while the other people in the car deny the imminent danger and want to keep speeding onward. change either occurs from within, through awareness and volition, or from without, usually through pain and disruption.
    what will it take? do we have enough time to make the changes before it gets really awful? and if it comes to pain and disruption, how will we respond?
    gassho & namasté,

  2. simms says:

    Thank you for sharing this Michael! Very inspiring!