Buddhism, the Environment, and You

On Wed, 22 September, 2021 - 15:32
Liz_Bassett's picture

Buddhism, the Environment and You

Sunday October 3rd 10.30am to 12.30pm

It’s a crucial time in the relationship of humans with our environment. How to live? What to do? Come and join some of the most thoughtful members of our Order as they reflect on the issues, and how they can be addressed in our Buddhist practice.

You are invited to take part in this event hosted by North London Buddhist Centre, FutureDharma and Windhorse Publications.

[You can attend in person at North London Buddhist Centre or via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81911582128?pwd=OHZGU3hsM0ZwckdEeXd6UUE4Q296UT09]

There’s a fantastic panel, hosted by Dhammamegha, the director of Windhorse Publications.

Vajragupta published Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature with Windhorse Publications. In it he talks about solitude, sensitivity, and being alive to the natural world of animals, plants, and weather as an integral part of Buddhist practice.

Maitridevi is the chair of Taraloka women’s retreat centre, and has been leading retreats and developing a meditation practice to connect with more life. During lockdown she recorded a series of meditations on Awakening with trees.

Shantigarbha has just released his second book with Windhorse Publications: The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. He is an activist, and non-violent communications trainer.

Join us to explore such questions as: What does it mean to be human in the environment? Which views and actions condition separation and which connection? How do we become more sensitive? What is the nature of wisdom in the context of the natural world?

This is a fundraising event by the FutureDharma Fund for Windhorse Publications. The event is free, but please consider responding to a call for donations to support Windhorse Publications to keep publishing life changing dharma books.

Attend in person at North London Buddhist Centre or via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81911582128?pwd=OHZGU3hsM0ZwckdEeXd6UUE4Q296UT09

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Shantiketu's picture

I won’t be able to attend this event as all being well,  on October 3rd I’ll be with one of my grandchildren who hopes to become a marine biologist  and who for a  12th birthday ‘experience’ has said he’d like to dive with sharks at Deep Sea World in the shadow of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Maybe the panel and participants in Buddhism, the Environment and You could consider taking a bit of  time to consider the fact that conflict and militarism are among the biggest contributors to climate change. In particular, any nuclear conflict would cause climate catastrophe overnight: changing weather patterns, plunging billions into famine, and devastating the Earth’s ecosystems. No climate justice is possible until all nuclear weapons are disarmed. But the catastrophe isn’t just waiting to happen sometime in the future. The military is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, in the UK and in other countries. Government promises on climate change - for whatever they’re worth - barely even acknowledge the military problem.

This Sunday (September 26th) there’s a  marine / wildlife themed ‘die-in’ for peace and climate justice at the North Gate of HM Naval Base Faslane to draw attention to the links between military activities  and the degradation of the environment. If you’re interested and/or able to take part, you’ll find the details at