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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joanna Macy, & Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni (VIDEO)

At last!  The much-anticipated video interview with three beloved Buddhist leaders, addressing big questions in engaged Buddhism. What is the role of not-knowing?  How do we overcome individualism in our practice?  By what means might our practice actually improve our change-making efforts?

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (right) is a New York-based ordained monastic who co-founded the well-known Buddhist Global Relief, for which he now serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.  Building on years of work to fight hunger and poverty, BGR’s holistic approach includes supporting the education and empowerment of women and girls, and promoting sustainable agricultural systems. Bhikkhu Bodhi has also authored some of the most respected translations of Buddhists texts from Pali into English.

Joanna Macy (center) is an eco-philosopher, activist, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

Ven. Pannavati Karuna (left), a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she has worked with homeless youth and for women’s rights around the world. Recently she has begun to work with Dalit “untouchable” communities in India.

We are so grateful for their time, and the opportunity to watch them collaboratively share their wisdom.

Much gratitude, also, to David Nelson, who filmed and edited the interview, to Aneeta Mitha for photography, to all those who helped arrange and make it possible, and to Lucille Lundquist for transcribing. (Transcript forthcoming.)

Enjoy! And as always, feedback and comments are welcome.


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Comments (2)

  • sheri wright

    I bow to you 3 times.
    We not only need to insure education of girls/women, but also too boys/men. Its not ‘working’ as it is right now, is it.
    Everyone deserves a safe home, food to eat, meaningful tasks during our everyday existence. People are becoming so impoverished, due to the daily struggle just to survive and thorough lack of education. Their ancient ways, which worked until introduced to the so called sophistication of modernity, need to be re-introduced as well. People will embrace their spirituality, given the chance to do so. As for Ven Bhikku Bodhi, in the beginning I think as he skirted around naming it, modern, white, upper class meditators, some are blindly locked into Cozy Dharma. I think that is yet another strata of fear that is masked thus.
    Thank you everyone,
    wtih Gratitude that here exists a forum where I can express myself without fear. and that the dialogues keep manifesting the love and compassion to nourish all those who suffer.

  • concerned

    Bhikkhu Bodhi just published an article called War and Peace: A Buddhist Perspective in Inquiring Mind magazine in which he somehow claims with authority, despite acknowledging there is no support for it in the Buddhist Canon, that the Buddha would condone war and intentional killing of your adversaries if the domestic population’s security were threatened. He is supposed to be a teacher of Buddhism and here is is on the Buddhist Peace Fellowship site, an advocate of a Buddhist version of “just” war and a distorter of the Dhamma. May he recant this craziness soon. I shudder to think of the karma of slandering the Buddha in this way and all the blood he may have on his hands for muddying the waters on such a grave issue.

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