This program is for anyone who senses the potential for their dharma practice to address complex social and ecological challenges. It is for those who wish to practice and shape the Dharma to meet the challenges and opportunities of this moment.
Over five days, we will open to our entanglement with the environmental and social crises of our age and inquire into ways of integrating these socio-ecological realities into the way we practice and serve.
Together, we will explore teachings, resources, and practices in response to four guiding investigations:
- How are you personally relating to the ongoing violence towards the more-than-human world?
- What are some best practices to face eco-anxiety, climate trauma, and environmental distress within yourself and with others to whom you respond? How do we inspire and engage our communities without spreading more guilt, dread, blame, and fear? And how do we wisely work with apocalyptic predictions for collapse and extinction?
- What role can Dharma play in addressing socio-economic and racial injustices embedded in ecological violence?
- What is the EcoDharma we can cultivate together for the coming decades of fires, floods, climate refugees, and possible social collapse? How do we listen for and give voice to a powerful expression of an Earth–based dharma from within our diverse Buddhist lineages?
If you sense the potential for your practice and/or leadership to engage complex climate/ecological challenges, this program is for you. We welcome you to join us as part of a growing network of inspired and informed ecodharma practitioners.