Zen Peacemaker Affiliate
The Order of Clear Mind Zen
The Order of Clear Mind Zen
We take our mission from the Third Pure Precept: To bring about abundant good for all sentient beings.
Tell us a bit about how your group was concieved
We were founded in 2005 as an Engaged Practice Training Sangha. Our priests and lay members are required to do some form of Engaged Practice regularly.
How many members do you serve? 40
Tell us about one exciting project, program, or other offering you are currently working on.
We are currently forming two international women's groups to focus on the development of strong, engaged priests and lay practitioners. We are also involved in radio programing and publications on a variety of socially engaged programs, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc.
How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
Not Knowing: as Master Dogen says, we must drop away self. To do so prepares us to be open to learning Bearing Witness: our Order focuses on street practice, bearing witness to homelessness, and peacemaking through dialogue and community service. For example see this: https://www.lccommunityradio.org/archives Taking Action: the Buddha did not achieve enlightenment and then sit on his butt, he got up off his cushion and taught. We, too believe engaged social action is essential to manifesting the precepts and Bodhisattva Vows.
What is the most meaningful challenge your organization Faces?
The pandemic has limited our in-person work and closed axis to sites where we have practiced (detention centers, churches and temples, etc.) Attendance has also been an issue as a result..
For more information: https://www.ocmz.org/contact
Our Website: https://www.ocmz.org/
The Order of Clear Mind Zen -
Las Cruces, New Mexico