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About Engage!


Dedicated to the legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Jai Bhim!

Your Contributions Are Welcome! Please send electronic copies of your blog posts, articles, photos, poems, art work, video or other media to engagedharma.net@gmail.com.

The mission of Engage! is to educate, inform and inspire readers, and to create conditions for social transformation. Engage! employs critical dharma to create a critical consciousness about the challenges we face.

Engage! takes the approach of Buddhist Naturalism, that is, conceptual work influenced by Buddhism but connecting the dharma to a larger world of knowledge, meaning and experience. Engage! draws secular principles and teachings from Buddhism and other wisdom traditions that can be applied broadly, in a non-sectarian way, to challenges in our world.

Engage! is concerned with every possible issue in the realm of social and ecological justice, but is not limited to that. Engaged Dharma means full engagement with environment and society, full engagement with arts and culture.

Educate-Agitate-Organize! Engage! follows the legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar whose life work was to end the inequality and divisions of caste, race, gender and class. Engage! seriously engages with anti-racist and feminist work, deconstructing and dismantling white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy and heteronormativity. We engage in ally work as a practice of critical solidarity.

I want to extend the free and liberal use of this blog to queer people of every stripe who do not have a voice in mainstream Buddhist organizations. Those of us who have been silenced and unrecognized will speak here with a powerful voice.

As editor, I retain the right to select and edit which stories are published. I actually prefer longer pieces that are original, well-written and well-researched. I welcome photographs, poems, short and long prose.  I also really like stuff that’s funny, off-beat, creative, personal, passionate and hard-hitting. I just can’t pay you for anything. There are no exclusive publishing requirements on this site; you can publish here and elsewhere as you like.

I will be publishing my own stuff here. It will be a kind of pre-publication pad for posting and editing my own work, so expect lots of edits. I’m a compulsive editor. Someone told me there’s a gene for that.


Shaun Bartone is a a cultural activist who practices engaged dharma as a humanist spirituality. Shaun is an independent dharma scholar with ten years experience in meditation and dharma study.

Shaun Bartone honors the legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and practices his Navayana, the modern Buddhism of India. Shaun honors the legacy of Joanna Macy and her engaged eco-dharma.


The opinions expressed by the works published in Engaged! are solely attributable to the individuals who created them. Engage! as a publication is not affiliated with any particular sect or organization, and solely reflects the opinions of the Editor.

3 comments on “About Engage!

  1. Very interesting and helpful blog. Thank you.

  2. dg

    good on you friend – and good luck.

  3. Pingback: Call for Submissions | Speculative Non-Buddhism

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