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Buddhist Resources for Engaging the Climate Crisis

Residential Program
Dates: Aug 25, 2023 - Aug 27, 2023
Days: Friday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 2 nights

Instructor(s): Chris Ives

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This course explores how Buddhism can support us in our response to the climate crisis.  We will focus on how Buddhist values and practices can help us transform our lifestyle to reduce our ecological impact, free ourselves from distraction, be present with what is happening around us, and overcome our sense of separation from nature.  We will also consider how we can engage in climate activism as a form of Buddhist practice.  The weekend will provide a space for participants to join together in envisioning a way of living that is ecological, fulfilling, and impactful.

The course will include meditations (both indoors and outside), presentations, discussions, and other activities.  Participants are asked to bring a notebook for journaling.


Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Christopher Ives, PhD, is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on modern Zen ethics, and currently he is working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. He is the author of Zen Awakening and Society and Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics.