Making Practice Matter is a compilation of two dharma talks by Michael Stone. Together they address the theme of how practice can bring us more fully into this contemporary time and place. Sometimes we use practice to help us rise above the world, or become an island of calm within ourselves. In these provocative lectures, Michael argues that this isn’t necessarily what the Buddha intended, and it isn’t what our world needs of us now.
Instead, Michael makes the case for an activist practice – a mode of contemplation that brings us into intimate connection with the world as it is and inspires us to act within it. When our compassion engages with the world around us, it can move us to work for social justice. When the self dissolves into this very world, we arrive at an ecological awareness. Making Practice Matter challenges us to look squarely at what we are most committed to – whether to our own self-perfection through an ideal practice, or to the welfare of all living things, through an active one.