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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 course 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? The course 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.

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:

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:10 pm between June 28 and August 2

Meeting Dates: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2 

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:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

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):
  • 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.