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Practicing the Dharma as Earth Activism

Online Program
Dates: Jun 28, 2022 - Aug 02, 2022

Instructor(s): Tim Ream

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Course Description:

This program addresses two overarching questions: How does the practice of liberation inform activism to benefit the Earth? How can Earth activism become the practice of liberation? This program is designed as practical instruction in Earth activism for people already practicing Dharma.

Through presentation and discussion, we will explore the following:

  • Who are activists and what is activism? 
  • Where is the intersection of your passion and your abilities? 
  • The many dimensions of lifestyle as action.
  • Environmental careers. Volunteering. 
  • The difference between vanguards and movement builders. 
  • The importance of stories and storytellers. 
  • Environmental history. Environmental justice. Indigenous rights. Biocentrism.
  • Information as power. Organizing and campaigning. 
  • Goals, strategies, tactics. 
  • Paths to victory and change within. 
  • Motivating yourself and others.  
  • Violence and non-violence. 
  • Burn out, grief, and love.

No activist experience required. Love for the Earth is a prerequisite.

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Tim Ream is a long-time Earth activist and Zen practitioner. He received lay ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1994 and has since engaged in ongoing, intensive residential practice, mostly at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm. Tim is an organizer, campaigner, writer, and environmental attorney. His activism ranges from direct action and civil disobedience like tree-sitting and road blockading to successful lawsuits to protect wolves and other species.