Socially Engaged Buddhism

~We at SEBC affirm our commitment to inclusivity and living in harmony. Our values are based on Buddhist ethics, including nonviolence and reverence for life.

~We recognize root causes of suffering as greed, hatred, and delusion – both personal and collective/institutionalized. We aim to transform suffering through generosity, lovingkindness, and wisdom.

~We support: holding actions to prevent further harm; rebuilding structures and systems to sustain life; and shifting consciousness to recognize our interconnection (“The Great Turning”). Also known as: Block, Build, Be.

~We invite your participation, perspectives, and solidarity. May we stand stronger as Beloved Community. One Dharma.


  • ARISE Sangha (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) “is a community of mindfulness practitioners and monastics who come together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, beginning with looking deeply within ourselves and using the energy of compassion, understanding, and love in action.”

Foundational books:

  • Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation & Freedom (2020) edited by Pamela Ayo Yetunde & Cheryl A. Giles
  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (2019) by Rhonda V. Magee
  • Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out (2018) by Ruth King
  • Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community (2017) by Larry Yang
  • The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World (2006) by Donald Rothberg
  • The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action (2003) by Ken Jones


  • Buddhism and Race Speaker Series archive – sponsored by Harvard Buddhist Community
  • Videos of previous events from Buddhists Across Traditions, “a UK BPOC/BAME-centered collective (with white allies and currently white-led organisations) uniting Buddhist/Mindfulness groups in service of racial justice, social equity and healing.”

Online articles:

“What is socially engaged Buddhism? It is Dharma practice that flows from the understanding of the complete yet complicated interdependence of all life. It is the practice of the Bodhisattva vow to save all beings. It is to know that the liberation of ourselves and the liberation of others are inseparable. It is to transform ourselves as we transform all our relationships and our larger society. It is work at times from the inside out and at times from the outside in, depending on the needs and conditions. It is to see the world through the eye of Dharma and to respond empathically and actively with compassion.” –Donald Rothberg and Alan Senauke