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Community-Engaged Practice

We use the term Community Engaged Buddhism to describe a way of practicing on the path of service and social action close to home, in the intimacy of a neighborhood and local community. It is about opening the doors for relationship with those who live nearby but have previously been “othered” and marginalized.  Bread Loaf Mountain Zen has experimented with this path over the past years and recently opened a Zen House called Gather. Deeply rooted in the Three Tenets, the most important thing we do is keep the front door open and the porch lights on so people can find their way to Gather. We greet whoever comes to the door, and then we see what unfolds.

Thursday January 12, 12pm Eastern Time

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: A presentation followed by Q&A

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About the Presenter

Brian Joshin Byrnes is a Zen priest and teacher in the White Plum Lineage and Zen Peacemakers, is the founder of the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in Vermont. His practice, which is informed by his long experience working in social nonprofits, specifically in HIV/AIDS and community-based philanthropy, is centered around social action, with a focus on economically marginalized communities.


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