About Engage!


Every post in Engage! is presented as an insight into the dharma of critical engagement.

Your Contributions Are Welcome! Please send electronic copies of your blog posts, articles, photos, poems, art work, video or other media to sbartone22@gmail.com
This blog is the beginning of what I hope will be a multi-media hub on the cutting edge of engaged Buddhism.

The mission of Engage! is to educate, inform and inspire readers, and to create conditions for social transformation.

Engage! takes the general approach of engaged secular Buddhism, that is, drawing secular principles and teachings from Buddhist traditions that can be applied broadly, in a non-sectarian way, to challenges in our world.

Engage! also takes the approach of post-Buddhism, that is, conceptual work influenced by Buddhism but connecting the dharma to a larger world of meaning and experience.

Engage! is concerned with every possible issue in the realm of social and ecological justice, but is not limited to that. I publish stories that cover the engagement of Buddhism in all aspects of culture. Engaged Buddhism means full engagement with environment and society, full engagement with arts and culture, full engagement with relationships, full engagement with all aspects of social justice.

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 within Buddhism and the world, taking the approach of 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 practices engaged Buddhism as a humanist spirituality.

Shaun is an Ambedkarite, a disciple of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and his Navayana Buddhist movement, and independent dharma scholar. Many teachers have shaped and inspired my passion for engaged Buddhism, including Joanna Macy, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Buddhadassa, angel Kyodo williams, Sulak Sivaraksa, David Loy, Thich Nhat Hahn, and the 17th Karmapa.


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, denomination or religion, and solely reflects the opinions of the Editor.


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