Colin Beavan in Times Square on November 2, 2010. He is the author featured in the film “No Impact Man” and a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He will be leading workshops at Providence Zen Center July 23-24!
I am very happy to see this video posted because it allows many of us to discuss what it is to be righteously active in the world. It brings up questions more than answers. Does chanting in New York to disinterested people make a difference? Does “Making a Difference” make a difference? You know what I mean. How does adding public service, if that is not already our job, affect the responsibilities we have to our immediate family? How much do we value changing other peoples’ opinions (those we oppose) over being satisfied with the small gains we make with mowing the lawn of the elderly person who put up a sign supporting our deadliest political enemy? I don’t know. I’m just sayin’