Engaged Buddhism

Engaged Buddhism refers ways that mindful practitioners can apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice. (paraphrased from Wikipedia).

Below are resources for education and inspiration for Engaged Buddhism.


On Buddhism and Blackness
Black activism and Buddhist mindfulness share a fascinating history — and future.

The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful of Race with Ruth King
Sharon Salzberg interviews author, teacher, and activist, Ruth King.

“The Germantown Supply Hub Mutual Aid & Protest Support, developed in response to both the pandemic and the protests against racism and police violence.”

Lama Rod Owens on Liberatory Rage:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPwNxM5XF9k

East Bay Meditation Center – Dharma Audio Recordings:   https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/audio/

Exploring Racial Injustice and White Privilege    https://imcb.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/86/61971.html

Racism and White Privilege Part 2 – Special Guest Deb Kerr https://imcb.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/86/62076.html

Racism and White Privilege Part 3: Working with Guilt & Shame https://imcb.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/86/62077.html

Tara  Brach and Ruth King: Awakening to Racism through the Heart of Compassion    https://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/539/52696.html

An Anti-Racist Resource Page for White People:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/mobilebasic

Insight Meditation Society Diversity Resources:  https://www.dharma.org/resources/diversity/

angle Kyoto williams website library:   https://library.angelkyodowilliams.com/

An interview with Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. The interview is titled: Race, Trauma and Healing:  https://www.pbs.org/video/race-trauma-and-healing-1807-04pzdg/

Two videos from Kimberly Jones, author of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight.

First, How Can We Win. This is a very powerful on-the-street interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llci8MVh8J4

Then, Kimberly Jones with Trevor Noah on Speaking Out About Black Experiences in America | The Daily Social Distancing Show. Trevor Noah interviews Kimberly Jones about the preceding video. https://youtu.be/U1k9APedIUY

This is a link to an podcast called Good Ancestor with Layla Saad (who wrote “Me and White Supremacy”) interviewing Robin DiAngelo.  http://laylafsaad.com/good-ancestor-podcast/ep011-robin-diangelo

Here’s a link to a podcast called “Untangle: Mindfulness for Curious Humans”, an interview with Ruth King, Vipassana teacher who wrote the book “Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out”. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/gaiam/untangle/e/61638576

Racial Justice / What Can White People Do?Sister Tam Muoi (aka Sr. Samadhi) recounts her personal journey with the practice of White Awareness.

Love in Action: Joining Together to Create a More Caring, Equitable and Joyful World. Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, from Sounds True.


1) Radical Dharma  by Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah

2) Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger  by Lama Rod Owens

3) Mindful of Race by Ruth King

4) White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

5) The Buddha’ Teaching on Social & Communal Harmony – edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi

6) The Hidden Lamp:  Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women

7)  Training in Compassion  by Norman Fischer

8) Mindfully Facing Climate Change  by Bhikkhu Analayo

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It is apparent that the most pressing need for business owners comes in the form of cash assistance. In recognition of that need, Mt. Airy CDC has created a relief fund for the community to support local business during the indefinite shutdown. Your donation will be used to support businesses with short-term needs, be it for utilities, rent, wages, or other expenses. Read our announcement HERE.

The Cottage Bridge Foundation, a small family foundation, has pledged up to $5,000 in matching funds for local business relief. We are reaching out to see if you have any ability to help us reach our goal and have at least $10,000 to help support our local businesses in the time of great need. No amount is too great or too small. If you can, please donate HERE.

If you are able to donate, we will let you know which local businesses were assisted because of your support.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we thank you kindly for your consideration.

Brad Copeland
Executive Director
Mt. Airy CDC

The Good News

Below are some feel-good responses to the corona virus outbreak.


John Krazinski’s got Some Good News 


The Good News Network


These were compiled by Marie Forleo.

Some people are taking group workouts to a whole new level in Spain.

This group sing-along in a Copenhagen apartment complex is… EVERYTHING.

Doctors and nurses dancing to keep spirits high in Tehran.

Neighbors play music together from balconies in Sicily.

After her performance was canceled, Lizzo did a 30-minute mass meditation on Instagram, her mantra for the day being, “Fear does not exist in my body. Fear does not exist in my home. Love exists in my body. Love exists in my home.”

Miss the treadmill at your gym? This guy has it figured out.

And… saving best for last — we are in love with this kitchen “DJ” genius. Can we please talk about those hip thrusts?



A Few Quarantine One-Liners

My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog….. we laughed a lot.
Quarantine Day 4-Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
I’m so excited — it’s time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?

Best practices for having a great Zoom experience (once you’re on the call)

Here are some tips for having a great Zoom experience

Mute/Unmute – Keep yourself on mute unless you are going to speak. This keeps the call quiet for others and it also prevents someone making noise from popping up as the speaker on everyone’s screen

  1. On desktop/laptop: move your cursor to the bottom left of your screen and you’ll see icons for a microphone and a video screen. You can click either of these to switch your mic and your video on and off. When they’re off, you’ll see a red line through the icon.
  2. Mobile device: Touch the screen and you should see the icons appear.

Speaker vs Gallery View – you can also switch between two views. In Gallery View you will see everyone on the call in small windows at the same time. Depending on your device, you may see everyone or just a few people on each screen. To switch views:

  1. On desktop/laptop: Top right corner click on Gallery View or Speaker View (whichever one is showing and the view will change).
  2. On an iPhone: swipe left and right to view more images. Swipe right to the last screen for Speaker view.
  3. On an iPad: Touch the screen and you’ll see a button at the top left for Gallery/Speaker view.

Chat Window – If anyone sends a message to the entire group (or to you privately), you’ll see your Chat icon turn orange. When you click on the Chat icon, a message window will open and you’ll be able to see any text messages shared by the group. You can open and close the chat window as often as you like.

Participant Window – You can see the name or phone number of everyone on the call in this window. Look for the Participants icon at the bottom of your screen or by touching your mobile device. You can also use this window to raise your hand to speak if the host has you muted during a session.

You Were Made for This

You Were Made for This

You Were Made For This
–by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Jan 28, 2008)

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. […]

In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

–Clarissa Pinkola Estes