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Do Activism and Buddhism Mix?

Do Activism and Buddhism Mix?

Inspired by a powerful spiritual awakening at a very young age, Adyashanti teaches a unique non-dual Buddhist approach to every aspect of living, including activism.

What follows is a series of questions posed to him about activism, and his answers.

Question: How do I reconcile allowing things to be as they are without taking a stand? There are a lot of areas in my life where I feel I canít just allow things to be as they are, but I must take up arms and oppose them.

Answer: Thereís never a need to oppose. Opposition is an attitude of the separate self. Do what is true. In doing what is true, there is no attitude to opposition.

Question: It wouldnít feel right in my soul to lay back and do nothing. It would be cowardly. At times, allowing things to be as they are can enter into the realm of cowardice.

Answer: Let the Truth inform action.

Question: Does that kind of action come from a feeling about whatís right under the circumstances?

Answer: Itís before feeling.

Question: Even at the risk of consequences?

Answer: Truth doesnít care about consequences. Itís concerned with the Truth. It doesnít care if youíre liked or not liked. You wonít always be liked for it, and sometimes you will be disliked for it. As long as youíre acting in the world based on what you like or donít like, or what others like or donít like, youíre not in the realm of the Truth. Truth insists that we not only be truthful, but that we act truthfully. Itís not enough just to know the Truth. You have to be it Ė to act it, and to do it.

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Adapted from The Impact of Awakening, by Adyashanti (Open Gate Sangha; 2nd edition, 2002).

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11:53AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Thank You.

4:59AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

thanks

8:52AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Noted

7:00AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Interesting insight into the world of truthful action.

3:30AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I think they do

3:29PM PDT on May 6, 2012

...some aspirants need to learn to sit down..while others may need to learn to stand up..Act according to the truth in any situation..while that may sound simple..the truth can be very complex...and good intentions can lead to mayhem...Sitting in one bliss and pumping out golden rays..i'd recommend that any day...because there.. Buddhism becomes potent activism without action...x

3:24PM PDT on May 6, 2012

...some aspirants need to learn to sit down..while others may need to learn to stand up..Act according to the truth in any situation..while that may sound simple..the truth can be very complex...and good intentions can lead to mayhem...Sitting in one bliss and pumping out golden rays..i'd recommend that any day...because there.. Buddhism becomes potent activism without action...x

3:23PM PDT on May 6, 2012

...some aspirants need to learn to sit down..while others may need to learn to stand up..Act according to the truth in any situation..while that may sound simple..the truth can be very complex...and good intentions can lead to mayhem...Sitting in one bliss and pumping out golden rays..i'd recommend that any day...because there.. Buddhism becomes potent activism without action...x

3:23PM PDT on May 6, 2012

...some aspirants need to learn to sit down..while others may need to learn to stand up..Act according to the truth in any situation..while that may sound simple..the truth can be very complex...and good intentions can lead to mayhem...Sitting in one bliss and pumping out golden rays..i'd recommend that any day...because there.. Buddhism becomes potent activism without action...x

3:22PM PDT on May 6, 2012

...some aspirants need to learn to sit down..while others may need to learn to stand up..Act according to the truth in any situation..while that may sound simple..the truth can be very complex...and good intentions can lead to mayhem...Sitting in one bliss and pumping out golden rays..i'd recommend that any day...because there.. Buddhism becomes potent activism without action...x

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