this is our practice…

we go to where there is suffering, this is the practice.

we go to where the suffering is in our own hearts and minds, and go out into the world to where there is suffering. this is the practice.

we sit with our suffering, to bear witness to our suffering, to know our suffering, to attend to our suffering, to allow our suffering to heal. this is the practice.

we go into the world to where there is suffering to bear witness to the suffering, to attend to the suffering, to change the conditions that have led to the suffering, so that there can be healing. this is the practice.

we must recognize the truth that we are interdependent and interconnected, one body of Life. it is our responsibility to attend to, to help, to love and heal the part of the body that is being harmed and is suffering. it can be uncomfortable, it can be challenging, but it is the work of Love.

this is why we say #BlackLivesMatter.

this is why we say #NoJusticeNoPeace.

this is why we say #SitDownRiseUp.

this is why we call it #EngagedBuddhism for Buddhists. ~j

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