Indrajala wrote:Just remember that people get into Buddhism usually to practice a religion, not necessarily to do charity work or neurology.
Seeker of Wisdom wrote:Below are some of my thoughts on engaged Buddhism. But before I begin, I have to confess that I have not read much about it.
Seeker of Wisdom wrote: My understanding of engaged Buddhism comes from the little I have read and my involvement with a Taiwanese Buddhist organization called Tzu Chi.
Seeker of Wisdom wrote:In my opinion, Buddhism has much to offer to the world. The most important thing that Buddhism can offer to the world is the science of mind, consciousness, and the nature of reality. Buddhism has A LOT to teach to the world about development of emotional intelligence. Buddhism can also teach the world much about psychology and neurosciences. Buddhism has A LOT to teach about physics and the nature of reality. I am sure many of you have heard by now that physicists are beginning to discover new insights that Buddhists have proclaimed thousands of years ago already.
pemachophel wrote:In Boulder, CO, Buddhists from various Sanghas prepare dinner and feed the homeless at a local (Christian) church once a month. This started after some of the Christian churches involved in relief activities asked, "Where are the Buddhists?"
Lama Surya Das has taught that His students should meditate every day, do at least one retreat per year, and volunteer for some (multi-day) charitable work at least once per year. Not sure how many of His students heed this advice, but at least He gives this teaching.
Back in the early 1970s, my Tibetan Teachers in NYC had us hand out sandwiches to the homeless on the Bowery at least once per month (as well as releasing fish from Fulton Fish Market once a month).
kirtu wrote:But people volunteer or work at charities to help the suffering world. Unfortunately at the moment in the West, Buddhist groups generally do not have the resources yet to actively help alleviate suffering except in some emergencies or some specific cases.
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