Engaged Buddhism

Buddhists who prioritise practical action to reduce suffering, whether in environmental, peace, social justice, relieving poverty, equality, and human rights have been given the label ‘Engaged’ or ‘Socially Engaged’ Buddhists, to counter the stereotype of the solitary meditator concerned with only their own spiritual quest. The historical Buddha approved of taking action, as in the parable of the person shot with the arrow, but meditation and wisdom are also in their own way taking action, alongside practical ethics.

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