Engaged Buddhism has been on my mind a lot lately, especially with Robert Aitken’s passing. This bit from Harvey Daiho Hilbert over at Clear Mind Zen caught my attention. By “bearing witness”, Daiho means manifesting or demonstrating:
I do not believe we who take the Bodhisattva vows can simply be Zen Center Buddhists. We have an obligation to engage the world round us, to practice what Jews call tikkun olam, repair the world, and one way to do this is through bearing witness.
Yes on all fronts! Of course, some days I have difficulty even being a “Zen Center Buddhist”, but I can aspire.