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Seeking Freedom in Care for the World
Dates: Oct 15, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Karin Meyers

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In this program we will draw upon classical and modern Buddhist teachings and our own experience to explore the possibilities for awakening in a world made all the more uncertain and unstable by unprecedented ecological crisis. Together we will honor the individual and collective nature of the suffering associated with this crisis, and the different ways in which its collective causes may call upon us to deepen our engagement with the world. Through intellectual study and discussion of various Buddhist conceptions of suffering, dependent origination, meditation, and the path, combined with individual and interpersonal inquiry and meditation and somatic practice (qi gong), we will explore: how we might sense and cultivate qualities such as stillness, effortlessness, and selflessness in the midst of action; freedom of the heart in the midst of deep grief and care for the world; and an appreciation for the preciousness of our human condition in the midst of uncertainty and instability. 

Learning Intentions:

To deepen our intellectual and experiential understanding of our personal path of practice during this time of ecological crisis.  

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and advanced practitioners. 

  • Karin Meyers has taught Buddhist Studies at several colleges and universities in the US and abroad, and will be joining Mangalam Research Institute in Berkeley as acting Academic Director in the summer of 2020. Her scholarly work focuses on bringing Buddhist and comparative religious perspectives to bear on basic questions about the constitution of our world, knowledge, and ethics. She also speaks to Buddhist sanghas, college students, and activists about how the accelerating ecological crisis calls for a deepening and evolution of socially engaged forms of Buddhist practice.