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At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!
Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.
Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.
All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.
The Burning House
A course for Buddhists & eco-activists:
Going Deeper into the Burning House
Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 September 2022.
Sessions (2 hrs 15 mins, with break): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India: 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 06.00 (next day)
About the course
How can we wake up and respond to the climate and ecological emergency?
This two-part course follows Shantigarbha’s recently published book, The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency and explores the most pressing question of our times.
Buddhists give great importance to mindfulness, wisdom, compassion and interconnectedness, qualities that often make them deeply concerned about the environment and climate change. So what does Buddhism have to say about the climate emergency? How can we see it for what it really is, a crisis of empathy?
This is a course for Dharmafarers concerned about the climate, and eco-activists wishing to ground their work in a spiritual context. We’ll offer:
– Support to process your responses to the climate and ecological emergency in a safe environment.
– Support in making the the climate and ecological emergency part of your Dharma practice. How do you decide to get involved?
– Support for eco-activists to avoid burnout: training in nonviolence, love and wisdom.
What to expect
The chapters follow the Buddhist path from self-development to social change, inspired by the profound principle of nonviolence, or love. Each week we will send you the corresponding chapter(s) of the book and ask you to read them as preparation for the session.
● Week one: The Burning House
● Week two: Anger, grief and gratitude
● Week three: Transforming self and world
● Week four: Be the change
This event is presented with the Triratna European Chairs Assembly
Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):
$115-80 / £85-60 / €100-70
Shantigarbha is a Buddhist mediator and activist. He is an experienced teacher of both Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
Ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1996, he was given the name Shantigarbha, which means ‘Seed or Womb of Peace’. Through his practice of Buddhism, he came across NVC and has been sharing it as a certified trainer since 2004. Within the Triratna Buddhist Community, he holds responsibilities as an Order Convenor, a member of the International Council and supporting restorative practices.
He has trained members of Extinction Rebellion in Nonviolence and De-escalation skills.
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– To use empathy to explore what it means to care about the environment.
– To be able to communicate the ethical basis of Buddhist environmentalism.
– To be able to bring awareness to uncomfortable feelings including anger, depression, denial, fear, overwhelm and grief that may arise as you look squarely at the climate and ecological emergency, and have tools to work with them.
– To cultivate gratitude towards the earth as fuel for acting.
– To understand, be able to express and embody, the principles of nonviolent social change.
– To find the emotional freedom to act now.
– To practise guided reflections to deepen your connection to the Earth and your awareness of interconnectedness.
We are offering a facilitation track for Triratna Order Members who want to lead this course at their own local Buddhist centre. If you want to join the facilitation track, please indicate this on the registration form.
Preparation for participation
N.B. Preparation is not required to participate.
– Video of Shantigarbha’s session on The Burning House (given at Buddhist Action Month, June 2020)
Attend all conversations in Zoom. We’ll send you the link when you register.
This event may be recorded and parts published online for others to access. Only the leader’s video will be used.
Doorway to the Deep
A day retreat on meditation with Singhashri:
10 September 2022
This day involves two sessions to allow maximum participation internationally across time zones. Feel free to attend one or both.
First session (4 hrs): USA PST 04:00 | México 06:00 | USA EST 07:00 | IE & UK 12:00 | Europe CET 13:00 | India 16:30 | Australia AEDT 21.00 | New Zealand 23.00
Second session (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand 06.00 (next day)
About the retreat
If we dive deep enough into the sea, we reach a depth where the body is no longer buoyant enough to float nor heavy enough to sink. We remain suspended, hanging in deep blue space, able to move in any direction without the least bit of friction.
This place is called the doorway to the deep and it promises to open us to our true nature, our deepest potential when freed from afflictive mental states that bind us to suffering: either by taking us back to the surface or pulling us under. From this place we discover a more creative response to life, full of awareness, love and transformation.
What to expect
The sessions will be a mix of presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry, and may feature breakout groups.
We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.
Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):
£20-35 | $25-45 | €25-40
Singhashri is a queer, Latinx-American dharma teacher and writer. They teach mindfulness and compassion as a means to awakening to love, beauty and truth, and have committed their life to supporting collective liberation for all and the joy and freedom found there. They teach at various retreat and urban centres across the UK, Europe and the USA, and support a number of projects aimed at creating greater diversity and inclusion within Buddhist sanghas and the secular mindfulness field. They currently live in London with their partner.
Daily meditation times
We are offering two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week. Connect here with the meditations
First sit (45 mins):
USA (PST): 23:30 (previous day)
USA (EST): 02:30
IE & UK 07:30
Europe (CET) 08:30
Australia AEDT 16:30
New Zealand NZDT 18:30
Second sit (45 mins):
USA (PST) 05:00
USA (EST) 08:00
IE & UK 13:00
Europe (CET) 14:00
Australia AEDT 22:00
New Zealand NZDT 00:00 (next day)