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.