Date(s) – Sep 25, 2019 – Oct 1, 2019
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
Event Sponsor and Host
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
With Willa Miller, Liz Monson, Sarah Buie and Kristin Barker
Do you long to find a way to integrate your concern for the planet with your interest in mindfulness, meditation and spirituality? Are you seeking to develop resilience in the face of an uncertain future? Is planet earth your passion?
Now more than ever, the planet needs inhabitants that not only care, but whose care is informed by contemplative depth and resilience. While science provides us with clarity about this planet’s possible futures, we need resources to help us cope with the implications of this new knowledge.
When it comes to resilience, contemplative traditions can help. Contemplative traditions safeguard techniques for metabolizing suffering and reflecting on the deep psychic roots of our cultural malaise.
This unique weeklong retreat is designed to help participants explore the truths we know, while seeking a path forward that includes both mobilization and transformation. Through a combined approach of study, council practice, discussion, contemplation and meditation, we will begin awaken the inner “ecosattva,” the contemplative activist within.
This retreat is designed for those who long to reconnect to inner sources of strength, support and healing while joining activism with spirituality: to deepen in relationship with the self, reconnect with the natural world, find community and explore what it means to be a mindful steward of the planet.
This event is hosted by Wonderwell Mountain Refuge.
For more information, see the event website here.
Vesak is the most sacred day for millions of people around the world as it commemorates the birth, the attainment of full awakening and passing away of Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Since 1995, the UN has recognized Vesak with the International Day of Vesak.
As part of this year’s observance, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi offered reflections and a call to respond based on the application of the Buddha’s diagnosis and remedy for suffering to the collective suffering that is the climate crisis. It is rather remarkable that arguably the premier translators of the Buddhadharma for the West chose to center his remarks not on the classic teachings but on this social-ecological issue as an call to apply those teachings.
The talk was given in the Hall of the General Assembly, with UN representatives of many countries present — not only the traditional Buddhist countries, but Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, and others. There was no representative from the U.S. or from China.
In connection with the Call to Declare Climate Emergency and timed with the annual observance of the Buddha’s Awakening to reality, we invite you to join us with your local Sangha’s and communities as supported by this webinar to Declare Climate Emergency at all levels. We can gather to commit the process of declaring a climate emergency together. We’ll be sharing resources, strategies and outcomes as we mobilize together.
One Earth Sangha is honored to host this session including the direct costs of production. We invite you to support our platform so that these offerings can continue.
The time is upon us to take to heart the Buddha’s radical awakening and to apply all our practice, skills, and what wisdom and compassion we have to the task at hand, which is protecting Mother Nature and her myriad beings while ensuring a liveable planet for our children, grandchildren and the generations to come.
Mother Nature is calling us to be truth messengers and change agents and to enact a radical, quantum shift of consciousness that mirrors our rapid planetary state shift. Through DCEN we honor this call by naming and embodying the reality that “business as usual” is no longer viable for a sustainable future. In particular, we call on the Dharma, mindfulness, yoga communities, alongside all involved in awakening, healing, and transformational work, whatever affiliation, to join us in this effort. If you don’t feel you fit in these categories, you too are absolutely welcome.
The call from Mother Nature, Grandmother Earth is now extremely urgent. We have almost no time left to act as protectors of life on Earth and to pull together to hold a ground of consciousness, resilience, and wellbeing. We need to move while we can, before we experience a collapse into free fall where conducive spaces to share and organise are replaced by the shock of societies becoming more chaotic and dismembered as our life support systems die.
Let us join together in our heartbreak so we can share and transmute our grief, pain and outrage into a clarity and focus that informs creative, joyful, non-violent action.
— Thanissara, with the DCEN team.
This live webinar featured:
- Thanissara – Sacred Mountain Sangha US, Dharmagiri S.Africa
- Kittisaro – Sacred Mountain Sangha US, Dharmagiri S.Africa
- Jozen Gibson – Brooklyn Zen Center, Youth Awake Project, Insight Meditation Society
- Nadja Goldberg – Youth vs Apocalypse
- Mark Øvland – Extinction Rebellion, Freely Given Retreats
- Noliwe Alexander – East Bay Meditation Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
- Suvaco – Gaia House UK, Extinction Rebellion UK
- Charity Kahn – San Francisco Insight, DCEN Working team (Sacred Mountain Sangha)
This event was hosted by One Earth Sangha’s director, Kristin Barker.