Spiritual activism is a foundational principle of Buddhism that has helped build movements in social and racial justice around the world. What can we learn from this practice and how does it apply to our daily work?
Jungwon Kim leads the creative and editorial team at the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization founded on the understanding that people and nature can thrive in harmony. Interdependence is also at the heart of her personal spiritual practice of engaged Buddhism in the tradition of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (“Thay”), a global spiritual leader, author, and activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jungwon received teachings from Thay during mindfulness retreats he led at Blue Cliff Monastery in 2009 and 2013. She has since co-founded two sanghas that approach spiritual transformation as inseparable from collective liberation. “A sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence, and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh