Conference and Retreat Event On-Line and Live in New Hampshire, USA
Thursday, August 7th – Monday, August 11, 2014
We invite you to join us in the foothills of the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a unique event featuring prominent Buddhist teachers, scholars, and environmental activists discussing in depth the intersection of Buddhist practice and stewardship of the earth. The event will also be live-streamed for the global sangha.
Organized by the Natural Dharma Fellowship, the conference will address questions such as
- What practices can help us deal with the pain that arises in relationship to ecological devastation?
- What is the nature of our ecological crisis?
- What do activists have to offer Buddhists for engaging in existing activist causes?
- What does Buddhism have to offer activist communities?
- How can we integrate eco-dharma into our communities?
The long weekend will include panel discussions, breakout groups, nature walks, meditation practice, and time to informally get to know one another. This is a precious opportunity to connect with key teachers and activists in North America who have make this topic a priority in their communities. Held at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Springfield, NH. Accommodations and meals provided.
Whether you plan to attend live or online, the conference organizers would love to hear your questions and/or suggestions in advance so send them here.
Until July 13th, Eco-dharma conference will be running a crowd-funding campaign on RocketHub. You can make a donation to help this conference happen.
Key Note Speaker
David Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011. Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. In 1971 he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi. davidloy.org
Colin Beavan’s writing, speaking, and activism has encouraged tens of thousands of people to examine their lives to discover what’s really important to them. The resulting lifestyle changes that people make allow them to live more lightly on the planet, while leading more fulfilling lives. It is Colin’s mission to engage citizens, on an individual and collective level, in choosing ways of life that are healthier and happier for individuals, for our society, and for our planet. No Impact Man.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Chairperson Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk originally from New York City. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in 1972. In late 1972, he received monastic ordination in Sri Lanka, where he lived for over twenty years. He was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, Sri Lanka, from 1984 until 2002. He has edited Ven. Nyanamoli’s translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha), translated the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses of the Buddha), and compiled an anthology of suttas from the Pali Canon (In the Buddha’s Words). In 2002 he returned to the U.S. He now resides at Chuang Yen Monastery near Carmel, NY. buddhistglobalrelief.org
Rev. angel Kyodo williams Once called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Sensei has been bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Ordained as a Zen priest, she returned to her activist roots and began applying wisdom teaching to social issues to become a leading voice in the ever-emerging field of Transformative Social Change. Recently becoming only the second black woman to be recognized as a Zen teacher, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. angel notes, “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.
Kritee, PhD, works for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where she is primarily involved with examining the effectiveness of environment-friendly methods of farming in Asia with a three-fold goal of poverty alleviation, food security and climate mitigation and adaptation. She is trained as a microbiologist and geochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Being a native from India, she has remained inspired by Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and Vimala Thakar who consciously explored the interface of spirituality and socio-political action. She started koan training with Roshi Kurt Spellmeyer 12 years ago, is an authorized teacher (Sensei) in the lineage of Cold Mountain Zen, and continues to be a beginner while facing life-koans and receiving teachings of contemplative traditions in all directions. When not in rural India, she lives in Boulder with her husband, Imtiaz Rangwala who is a climate researcher.
Lama Willa Miller is a teacher of Tibetan Buddhist practice and meditation, and the founder of Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She completed two three year retreats, and was authorized as a Buddhist minister (lama) in 1999. She received a PhD from Harvard University in 2013, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Her books include Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You, and The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. Her teaching specialties include natural meditation (mahamudra), heart-cultivation (lojong), and Buddhist yoga. Her practice and teaching is inspired by the natural world.
David Stember is the New England regional field coordinator with 350.org focusing on building a movement to meet the escalating crisis of global climate change. He was a co founder of 350Vermont, which was the first independent state chapter of 350.org and is now assisting the development of similar state chapters across the region. Though he spent several early years as a monastic in Self Realization Fellowship, he eventually focused professionally on business and organizational development and organizing volunteers. With a B.A in Business and an M.A. in spiritual psychology his focus has always been on creating healthy organizations where people are inspired to do their finest work.
Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S., is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. Prior to his appointment at UWest, he served on the adjunct faculty for Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in India program. He has also taught for Hartford Seminary and Naropa University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religion from Denison University, Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and Doctorate in Buddhist Studies at UWest. www.dannyfisher.org
Patrick Groneman is a meditation coach, artist, and aspiring organic gardener. He is formerly the director of the Interdependence Project and has a special interest in applying the practice of mindfulness to everyday life. He currently lives in Ireland and New York City.patrickgroneman.tumblr.com
Acharya Adam Lobel leads meditation workshops, courses on Buddhist philosophy and the social vision of Shambhala. Adam is also the Acharya for the Mipham Academy, an advanced, annual intensive for Buddhist philosophical and contemplative studies at Karme Choling, Vermont. He teaches meditation to youths within the prison system and a mental health institution. He was named an Acharya (senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition) in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, where he is helping to establish a track for Buddhist ministers and chaplains. His research focuses on philosophy, phenomenology, meditation, and the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. adamlobel.org
Lou Leonard Lou is a co-founder of One Earth Sangha and a life-long environmentalist who has worked to advance laws, policies and practices that promote care for the Earth and the people and communities that call it home. Lou discovered the dharma as part of his search for balance and support in the face of the difficult emotions that arise as we dedicate ourselves to healing the world and promoting social change. He’s worked in government, civil society, academia and the private sector and currently serves as the leader of the climate change program at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), while helping to create One Earth Sangha in his personal capacity.
Kristin Barker Kristin is a co-founder, One Earth Sangha dedicated to cultivating broad-scale awakening to the climate emergency through education, sustainable living and advocacy. She is an active member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW) and board member of the Buddhist Insight Network. Kristin is also a co-founder of “White Awake” whose mission is to develop awareness of race dynamics among white people engaged in spiritual communities and progressive causes. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, has worked as an independent consultant and staff member at several environmental organizations.
- Natural Dharma Fellowship (Host)
- Won Dharma Center
- Urban Dharma (Asheville, North Carolina)
- The Foundation for Active Compassion
- Wisdom Publications
- Quest Books
- Planetary Collective
- One Earth Sangha
- Colby-Sawyer College
- The Buddhist Geeks
- The Buddhist Peace Fellowship
- Dartmouth University