The Engaged Buddhism’s mission is to help fulfill the fifth goal of the ZCO Strategic Plan to nurture a Heart-Connected and Engaged Spiritual Community that brings people together to explore their deep intentions and truth and express wisdom and compassion through social engagement.
Engaged Buddhism Committee’s Core Values
- To acknowledge and respond to the suffering caused by inherent biases and prejudices based on systems of power and oppression by promoting and integrating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion throughout ZCO and in the larger community.
- To acknowledge and respond to the climate crisis that threatens all life on earth by working internally and locally to support environmental sustainability.
- To be a good neighbor by identifying and responding to needs in the local neighborhood that we may be uniquely positioned to positively affect.
- To identify and offer education and activities about these issues for ZCO leadership, Teachers and Sangha members and the larger community.
The Zen Community of Oregon welcomes everyone. We study together and practice for the benefit of all beings and this living earth. We recognize the suffering caused by biases, prejudices, systems of power, privilege, and oppression based on race, sex, class, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. We aspire to do no harm and to dismantle barriers that cause separation and suffering, recognizing that our liberation is interconnected with the liberation of all.