Socially Engaged Spiritual Practices

This movie enumerates the 12 principles of socially engaged spiritual practices.

They are called the “12 Keys of Spiritual Activism.”

These principles are set to nice music and wonderful images.

The first key is, “All action MUST be based on compassion.”

You will have to watch the video or my Facebook fan page for the rest of the keys!

My teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introduced the concept of engaged Buddhism in the 1960s.

He established the School of Youth for Social Service, which aided the people in bombed out villages and set up schools. The organization was based on the Buddhist principles of non-violence and compassionate action.

This led to the forming of the Order of Interbeing, in which I am a member. It is a community of monastics and lay people who live their lives according to compassionate action, loving speech, deep listening,  non-attachment from views and respect for all life.

The 12 keys of spiritual activism are in line with the principles of the Order of Interbeing.

Which of the 12 appeals to your heart? Why? What can you do about it? Please share your heart.

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