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Exploring Dharma Practice and Right Action in an Age of Climate Change

Online Program
Dates: Jun 05, 2022

Instructor(s): Thanissara, William Edelglass

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Course Description:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared the Sixth Assessment Report—a collaboration of 234 scientists from 66 countries published by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)—to be "Nothing less than a Red Alert for humanity." In a further IPCC report from April 2022, Guterres states, "It's now or never!" What does this context mean for us as Dharma practitioners? 

With the very material means by which we live threatening the conditions for large scale survival, we are at an unprecedented edge of environmental, economic, social, and political tipping points. However, the Buddha offers many precedents for direct engagement with broader social issues. The Dharma provides a storehouse of remedies, including inner practices to sustain wellbeing, compassion, and equanimity, while the Sangha is a powerful community resource. Inspired by the Buddha's call to "go forth for the welfare of all," we will engage in a conversation exploring dharma practice and especially "Right Action" for these times. 

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Sunday, June 5, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Please note that sessions will be recorded and will be available within 48 hours of each session for courses and 48 hours of the final session for retreats and events. These recordings are not downloadable. Retreat recordings will be available for 2 weeks and event recordings will be available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

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):
  • Thanissara began practice in the Burmese school of U Ba Khin in 1975. She spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. She has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 30 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice. She is co-founder, with Kittisaro, of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in South Africa, and Sacred Mountain Sangha in California, which runs a two-year Dharmapala Training.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He publishes broadly in Buddhist studies, environmental humanities, and philosophy.  William has practiced in several different Buddhist traditions and has taught widely in dharma centers, academia, as a wilderness guide, and at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.  William is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal, Environmental Philosophy.