What Would Macy Do?

Joanna Macy is “a Buddhist scholar, environmental activist, and author whose teachings are informed by the dharma, deep ecology, and systems thinking”, i.e. an activist-contemplative like Martin (Luther King). Rilke’s Book of Hours as Portent and Guide is a report on a workshop Macy did recently using Rilke’s poetry as guidance and support for activist-contemplatives. Contemplatives, as their practice deepens, start having more in common with contemplatives (mystics) in other traditions than the regular churchgoers in their own tradition. Macy nicely bridges Buddhist and Christian contemplative thought and practices.

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