Please join us on April 28 for our Saturday morning schedule, which will include a dharma talk by visiting teacher Marisela Gomez, a community activist and a mindfulness practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Han. The talk will be at 11 a.m. and will follow a period of zazen starting at 10:20 a.m. Meditation instruction will be at 9 a.m.
Please note that this event will be photographed. If you do not wish to be photographed or included in the group images to be taken during the dharma talk, please let us know upon your arrival at BZC. Thank you.
The Bodhisattva Path, the Activist Path
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!… If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything less than brotherhood, I beg God to forgive me.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
“When you take the Boddhisattva vow, it is very personal and at the same time very public. What you are doing is becoming like one of the objects in the pawn shop: you have pawned yourself. You have sold yourself to others, and you are no longer your own property, you are the property of sentient beings.” – Chogyam Trungpa
“Mindfulness must be engaged. Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action. Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing (a distillation of the Bodhisattva teachings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh), is described as a ‘wonderful blend of traditional Buddhist morality and contemporary social concerns.’ How do we interpret the path of practice in the path of social action and vice versa?
About Marisela Gomez
Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner (ordained in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing), public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/health research. Author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, she has written numerous book chapters, popular and scholarly publications. She blogs at Huff Post and at mariselabgomez.com on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness. See here for a TedTalk on healing racism through waking up. She practices with the Baltimore & Beyond Mindfulness Community.
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