Transforming ourselves and transforming the world — that’s really a false duality. Insofar as we’re able to let go of ourselves and let something else flow through us, I think we inevitably become more engaged with the world.
To be less self-preoccupied is to realize our non-duality with the world — we’re not in the world, we are one manifestation of the world. We are what the world is doing right here and now. The other thing Buddhism has to offer here is the emphasis on emptiness — particularly the implication of ‘goallessness.’
If we’re working towards social transformation, inevitably we’re working towards particular goals. But realizing the emptiness of our activities leads to a focus on process rather than conclusion.