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A Crisis for Buddhism?


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This One Earth Sangha community conversation took place on January 24 with Buddhist scholar and Zen teacher David Loy. David made a compelling case that global climate change and other ecological crises present challenges to not only to a healthy biosphere but to the way Buddhism is understood and practiced in contemporary life.

The recording of this webinar, available as a video or audio-only, is offered freely and we invite your generosity, or dana, to support David and the work of One Earth Sangha.


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David Robert Loy is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web. He is on the editorial or advisory boards of the journals Cultural Dynamics, Worldviews,Contemporary Buddhism, and Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. He is also on the advisory boards of Buddhist Global Relief, the Clear View Project, Zen Peacemakers, and the Ernest Becker Foundation.

David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. A popular recent lecture is “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis”, which argues that there is an important parallel between what Buddhism says about our personal predicament and our collective predicament today in relation to the rest of the biosphere. Presently he is offering workshops on “Transforming Self, Transforming Society”and on a recent book. He also leads meditation retreats.

This webinar is offered freely and we invite your generosity, or dana, to support David and the work of One Earth Sangha.


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David Loy

David Robert Loy is vice-president of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. He is a professor, writer, and teacher in the Sanbo tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. A student of Yamada Koun and Robert Aitken, he was authorized to teach in 1988 and leads retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. He is author of EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis and A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World, and he is co-editor of A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. His website is
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