January 1, 2023

The Buddhist Notion of Effective Activism. ~ Waylon Lewis [podcast, video]


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Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis presents:

“Every Monday, I offer a mindful reminder for our everyday life.” ~ Waylon Lewis 

For this week’s Mindful Monday video/podcast, Waylon talks about effective activism.

“My parents’ Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, would often note that activism is vital and important. So much of the good that has been accomplished in our societies, in our world, has come about through folks coming from empathy, and—through bravery—changing the status quo in our societies.

There’s a caveat, of course, which we see on social media all the time, which is we can’t create a kinder, better, more caring world through aggression, through self-righteousness, through prejudice, through seeing others as evil. While we can be clear about the faults of others or the faults of philosophies out there or prejudices out there, we have to first engage in maitri.” ~ Waylon Lewis 

Your Mindful Monday Video:

“What is Maitri? In the Buddhist tradition—and it’s found in almost every tradition in the world—is simply doing the hard work…not just talking about it, which is important…but doing the hard work of making friends with ourselves.” ~ Waylon Lewis

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Go Deeper >> Join Elephant’s self-paced course, Maitri: the Buddhist practice of Making Friends with Yourself. This course won’t make you better—it’ll help you make friends with yourself as you actually are.


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