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Belonging to the Earth: Wise Action Toward a Life-Sustaining Society
Dates: Jan 03, 2022 - Feb 07, 2022
Online Course

Instructor(s): Jessica Morey

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“Compassion—literally to ‘suffer with’—asks you to not be afraid to be part of this world. When you are that wide open, you see that the grief you feel is just the other side of love. You only mourn what you love.” Joanna Macy

“Our environmental crisis is the ultimate opportunity to realize our interdependence and act accordingly with compassion and wisdom… We must not only recognize but also act on our belonging to each other and the earth.” Jessica Morey

How do we face the enormity of the climate crisis with clarity, courage, and a loving heart? How can we wrap our minds and hearts around something so vast as the destabilization of the ecosystems on which humans and most species depend for life and—instead of going mad or numb—grow interested? How do we slow down enough to take effective action before it’s too late? Contemplative practice has a central role to play.

Our world is in crisis. When we look in the face of climate change, ecosystem collapse, and the many interconnected injustices, we might feel overwhelmed, afraid, angry, alone or numb. In this six-week community of practice, we come together to explore how we can apply the Buddha’s 2,500 year-old teachings to some of our most pressing collective challenges.

We’ll explore the Brahmaviharas of loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity as resources for honoring our pain for our world while still cultivating gratitude, connection, and love to sustain us in taking action toward a life-sustaining society. These teachings can help us strengthen the recognition of our interdependence and belonging with the earth and a mutuality of care.

Through dharma study, meditation, and relational practices we’ll learn from each other and create a space of support. In community, we’ll acknowledge our pain for the world and explore how it can inform loving action toward a vision of the world our hearts know is possible.

Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. The schedule for this course (listed in US Eastern Time) is:

Meeting Schedule: Mondays 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST between January 3 and February 7 (with the exception of January 17, when there will not be any meeting)

Meeting Dates: January 3, 10, 24, 31, and Feb 7, 2022

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Jessica Morey began practicing meditation at age fourteen, on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society.  She is a meditation teacher who brings a sense of playfulness and care to her teaching and is focused on how we can bring our meditation practice off the cushion and into our relationships and work.  Jess has degrees in environmental engineering, sustainable development, and international affairs and worked in clean energy finance before founding Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a nonprofit organization offering in-depth mindfulness and compassion training to youth.  She is Chair of the Board at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and loves dancing, yoga, and being outside in pretty much any weather.

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