A Plunge into Community Engaged Zen Practice
Have you wanted step onto the Path of Service right where you live?
Have you wanted be a part of a dynamic and close-knit community of community-engaged practitioners from around the world?
Do you ever consider what it would be like to be a caring friend to those that have been economically marginalized?
“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”
Zen Master Dogen
Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community offers a unique opportunity to practice, study, and engage with others who want to get more involved in the Path of Service close to where they live. Our intimate Infinite Circle cohort encourages each person to live as a Zen peacemaker close to home, in the realities of our lives and the lives of our communities. Community Engagement is a peacemaker path toward healing our own neighborhoods, which includes healing ourselves. Using the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker–Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action– as well as dharma study and spiritual friendships, the practice community looks deeply into our complex relationships to social suffering. We have honest conversations about our own relationship to money, wealth and poverty, and we encourage each other to respond to those who suffer in our communities within the context of our own unique vocations, abilities, and interests. Monthly reflections, community dialogues, small groups, and hands-on community work bring us to live into a response to the question: How do we live and awaken together in this world?
You can learn more about the Infinite Circle Program at the following links: