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Actors, Activists, Academics, All Reaching Zen By Actively Serving Neglected Communities

This week marks the first-ever Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism being held in Montague, Mass.

Submitted by: CSRwire

Categories: Community Development, Activism

Posted: Aug 09, 2010 – 02:30 PM EST

 

MONTAGUE, Mass., Aug. 09 /CSRwire/ - Meditation is no doubt a powerful tool - but these Buddhists go far beyond the power of prayer and out into neglected communities to help feed the hungry, care for the sick, teach those in prison, work to solve environmental issues and much more. In celebration and support of these actions, the Zen Peacemakers have assembled a well-known cast of presenters for the first-ever Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.

Starting Monday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 14, influential pioneers of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism will speak and engage conversations about Social Entrepreneurship, Politics, Challenges for Socially Engaged Buddhism and more. Speakers include Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Peter Matthiessen.

"It is a rare opportunity for so many caring and thoughtful individuals to come together to inspire and support each other in our pursuit to help neglected communities," said Joe Sibilia, CSRwire CEO and Symposium presenter. "We will be discussing volunteerism, the arts, justice and activism, and how our actions can positively impact the world and those around us."

Other event presentations will be given by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard; Joan Halifax, Buddhist teacher and Zen priest; Bernie Glassman, Zen Master and Zen Peacemakers founder; and more. For a complete list of presenters and to register, please visit http://www.zenpeacemakers.org/soc_eng_bud/symposium.htm.

About Zen Peacemakers
Zen Peacemakers are a force for socially engaged Buddhism. The mission of the Zen Peacemakers is to alleviate suffering in the world through meditation, study, direct social service and multi-faith cooperation. Our three guiding principles that support this mission include Inspiring Dharma students to practice meditation, study and service as a path to awakening; Teaching practices of socially engaged Buddhism in our Residence Training Program; Doing direct service in Bearing Witness Retreats and Zen Houses, where graduates manage holistic social service projects for disadvantaged people and communities.

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For more information, please contact:

Kendra Sibilia Director of Operations and Editorial
Phone: (802)251-0110 ext. 1112
Ari Setsudo Pliskin Zen Peacemakers, Assistant to Bernie Glassman
Phone: (413) 367-5269

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