Engaged Self-Care to Build Communities – Social Justice Study Group
Zen Center North Shore in Beverly will host its weekly zazen and Social Justice meeting inside The Beast. Members of the Zen Center Social Justice group will participate, and all members of Montserrat community and beyond are invited to join.
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Participants sit in zazen (silent meditation)
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tea
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Social Justice discussion from
Zazen is nondual meditation – just sitting, breathing, receiving.
Zazen, sitting meditation is a way for us to enter a personal space of openness to discuss and sit with suffering in the world and how it manifests in our bodies and hearts. Sitting meditation before the social justice meeting is an important part of dropping into our hearts to guide us in meaningful dialogue.
How can we act toward a vision together, rather than react against something? Join us in a space of planting seeds of social justice. The group is an opportunity for closeness and being vulnerable with one another. If you are looking for support and ways to engage in self-care join us around the social justice table to engage with others and hear about actions for justice on the North Shore.
Engaged Self-Care to Build Just Communities
The intention of Zen Center’s Social Justice group is to gather in an inclusive space to discuss what is going on in our local, national and global communities. This group is open to all and the aim is to create space for conversation and foster openness for people to address their concerns, inspirations, doubts and hopes. We are exploring what social justice means for people and engaging in the conversations and relationship building that grow communities and put us in touch with one another. We aim to balance internal, personal work, with work around the table and in the broader community.
- Mutual support, solidarity & connection
- Help us do good work in the world by fostering resilience, being informed about opportunities to make change and be in conversation with those impacted,
- To be self-aware and reflective in our actions
- To ask the question what is social justice, what are we striving for, and to see in all of our passions and actions a beautiful web of society in motion
- Radical Dharma by Angel Kyodo Williams is a touchstone, a book we keep coming back to, ideas that are fundamental to the group’s work
- We aim to balance internal, personal work, with work around the table and in the broader community.
Content of discussion:
- What has come up for you this week? Something you are struggling with, or something to celebrate
- Conversation from there, organic agenda.
- Sanctuary for the sangha and our communities, engaging in the ECCO (Essex County Community Organization) Beloved Community, perhaps leading some mediation/conversation to bring more peace to our communities
- Discuss Radical Dharma and other readings that inspire or challenge us