The Dharma calls us to be more than Buddhists; more than activists, more than mindful, and more than practitioners. It points us somewhere in the middle. If we are going to be truly present in the world, with its suffering, and with its beauty, we should be both and neither. Indeed, much is required of us by way of compassionate action. We have been practicing for these forever unprecedented times, and the dharma gives us the tools we need to be in the world but not of the world.
This is why Ven. Clear Grace Dayananda left the brick-and-mortar monastery to answer a calling that has led them on this journey toward what they call “barefoot Buddhism.” But they are taking the monastery with them!