Engaged Buddhism suggests that we have to get off our butts and do something.
For instance, many villages have a fundamental problem with trash. In the past
things were wrapped in banana leaves that decayed and went away naturally; now
so many things are wrapped in plastic and foam this has become a big
problem. How are we going to solve this? We could fine people; and come down
hard on them. But Thai people prefer a milder, gentler way. You have to embarrass
Thai people in a subtler way, shame them a bit. I was thinking, there are three
main postures of meditation: sitting, standing, and laying down. Perhaps we
need some people, Buddhist activists, to assume a posture of standing with a
trash bag, silently, at key points in the village. People would soon get the
message, and I suspect that they would soon be dropping trash into the bags
as they walked by. The local people might call these people crazy
at first, but we shouldnt care about that. True Buddhists have to be willing
to be a bit crazy. This could be one form of quiet activism.