As we observe Dr. King's legacy of engaged spirituality, I thought that I would clarify what I believe it means to be an "Engaged Buddhist". The phrase was originally coined by the teach Thich Nhat Hanh (incidently, he was a close companion of King and taught him meditation and mindfulness) to represent a new evolution in the teaching of the Buddha. This new "turning of the wheel of Dharma" represents a renewed emphasis on the practical and social implications of Awakening.
As an Engaged Buddhist community, we are committed to the pragmatic application of the teachings. We seek not so much to transmit an ancient tradition like curators of a museum, but rather to transform both the personal and societal by the living and dynamic message of liberation from delusion, hatred and greed. We practice that which has been proven in the "streets of suffering". We do not compartmentalize our practice, we do not practice for just our own benefit. We recognize that we exist in a web of interdependence where everything is interconnected. We seek not so much to be comforted but to challenge any and all conditions that keep us from living fully, loving freely and giving completely.
So as the famous refrain goes, "Engage!"
Tony Stultz, Blue Mountain Lotus Society