Engaged Buddhism as Macro-Social Work Practice
Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism: Implications for a Generalist Macro Social Work Practice by Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW Clayton Shorkey, PhD, LCSW, University of Texas at Austin.
Editor: I’m pleased and excited to provide access to this ground-breaking paper, which is an Engaged Buddhist approach to Social Work practice. Every concept in this article is everything I have been working on for the last 20 years, as a community organizer, ecologist and Buddhist practitioner. The papers brings together concepts that include Hua-yen Buddhism, interdependence, ecology and systems theory, the Four Noble Truths and the Brahmaviharas. It systematically brings together everything that I have been talking about, researching and practicing. I would only add a more expanded systems-ecology approach that incorporates the complexity of institutional systems, that understands and confronts the power dynamics that are the conditions for oppression and trauma. But it’s definitely on the right track and a great foundation to build on.