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Engaged Buddhism

Our Sangha is commited to opening and living from an undefended heart for the benefit of all beings. Engaged Buddhists meet regularly to discuss on-going actions for Social Justice in our Community and our World.





Group Aspirations:

1) We will seek to embody interdependence and to promote the Bodhisattva Vow of mutual liberation of all beings.
2) We will provide a means within the Zen Community of Oregon to increase awareness of, and respond to suffering -- including but not limited to, race, sex, class, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political affiliation, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression---through the lens of the Dharma.
3) We will take action informed by the Dharma, and by our own deep personal practice. 
4) We will encourage white Sangha members to be responsible for increasing their own awareness of systems of oppression, making the ongoing work of understanding an integral part of Sangha life, rather than relying on People of Color for this work. We regard this work as an imperative in our practice.  This requires the investigation of suffering, and clarifies our response to suffering.
5) We will recommend responses and actions to the leadership and Sangha of the Zen Community of Oregon
6) We will treat one another with words and actions humbly grounded in the precepts.  We will speak from our own experience.  We will be generous with one another, always giving the benefit of the doubt.  We will hold confidences, and hold one another with compassion and loving kindness.
7) We will focus our efforts on collaborating locally, especially within our neighborhood, and align ourselves with other spiritual and religious communities for the benefit of all. 


This site contains many useful resources for social justice education and original documents regarding social justice topics published by the white plum sangha social justice committee including a letter on Standing Rock.

If you would like to know more about Engaged Buddhism at the Zen Community of Oregon, email Nan Kyoko Whitaker-Emrich or sign up for the google group by emailing
Kodo Conover and she will put you on the list.