Awake in Action, the social action arm of the Vancouver Shambhala Centre, is a community-based group interested in exploring where and how we may step into engagement with our world. We are motivated by the Shambhala Buddhist teachings of enlightened society and of being an active part in creating that society, by bringing our insights from the meditation cushion into the world of personal relationships, community service and work. The group engages the Shambhala world of enlightened warriorship and the Buddhist world of bodhisattva action while being open to other spiritual and contemplative traditions.
Some activities and actions include monthly meetings, street retreats, prison outreach, dharma bakes in the DTES and an e-newsletter. Awake in Action invites and host guest speakers and dharma teachers to speak and teach on engagement within the container of practice. By engaging with the world our intention is to develop a deeper and more open relationship with the world (reality) and to create connections, relationships and community.
We would like to thank the generosity of an Awake in Action member for their sizable donation, without which we would not have this new website. The donor wishes to remain anonymous. Humble thanks to the donor for their danna and for their appreciation of practice in action.