Alan Senauke

Mindfulness in Action

If mindfulness must be engaged, as Thich Nhat Hanh says, how do we cultivate that practice and capacity, and how do we put it into action in our personal and social/political lives? Our workshop will explore mindfulness practice approaches rooted in essential Buddhist teachings — in exploring our direct experience as social beings, using tools of inner reflection, dialogue, and story-telling. The workshop will be participatory and collaborative.

The workshop will be held in English.

Hozan Alan Senauke

is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Alan serves as vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, where he lives with his wife and family. Alan is founder of the Clear View Project, developing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change. In the last several years, Clear View has supported India’s ex-untouchable Buddhists, and Burma’s monks, nuns, and activists in their yearning for democracy. 


He was executive director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship from 1991 through 2001, and remains active in BPF as Senior Advisor. Alan is also a member of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists’ Advisory Council. His latest book is The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches From Engaged Buddhism’s Front Lines, published by Clear View Press In another realm, Alan has been a close student and active performer of American traditional music for nearly fifty years.