Bound to Each Other

An EcoDharma Exploration into Uncertainty and Interdependence

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  • Practice materials become available on Tuesday, August 10. Start when you like and move at your own pace.
  • Mark your calendar for the online capstone gathering with Dekila and One Earth Sangha on Sunday, August 29.

Overview

“Historic” wildfires and floods, record-breaking heat waves, escalating species loss as well as rising authoritarianism and ongoing racial injustice represent problems so large that they can easily overwhelm us. How can we respond to these challenges, especially when it feels like attending to one means ignoring all the rest? Lacking a clear way forward, grief, fear, and even self-aversion can linger in our systems, increasing our angst. We might feel trapped in a spiral of mounting stress.

But there are remedies at hand. By drawing on Buddhist insights, the perspectives of environmental science, and interfaith wisdom, we can begin to untangle the knots. The possibilities are endless, and collective response rooted in wisdom and compassion is already underway. With the support of community, we can turn toward the suffering of the Earth and work skillfully with what is most difficult for us.

In this EcoDharma Exploration, environmental scientist and Tibetan Buddhist Dekila Chungyalpa leads us as we investigate and find courage in our interdependence.

Practice Format

This EcoDharma Exploration is part of a new series of programming designed to engage you in exploring a particular aspect of EcoDharma. Starting August 10, we invite you to explore these materials, at your own pace, on your own or in groups. Then on August 29, we hope you will join us for the live capstone gathering of registered participants, led by Dekila and One Earth Sangha. The Exploration concludes with invitations for follow-up actions related to the month’s themes.

Registration is open now. Materials become available August 10.

Support for Groups and Individuals

You are invited to join this exploration individually or as part of a group. Groups of three or more people will receive a 25% discount on each individual’s registration fee.

As always, we encourage you to engage with this series of offerings in community, to whatever extent that’s available to you. Perhaps you journeyed through the EcoSattva training with others, or you’re part of an EcoSangha that meets regularly. Maybe you belong to a spiritual or activist community, or just have a friend or two you’d like to explore this terrain with. We invite you to reach out to your people and bring them along, or visit our group directory to browse open groups. Regardless of whether you join on your own or with others, we’ll provide you with practices that support the teachings to take root.

If you’re part of a group, your organizer should send you the link for registration so that you can pay the group rate. If you’re not part of a group, you are more than welcome to register for the Exploration as an individual.

Schedule

Most exploration materials will become available on August 10. You decide how you want to engage with the material offered. Then, on August 29, join us for the live capstone gathering.

Available Now

  • Registration for groups and individuals
  • Preliminary reading on interdependence

Available August 10

  • Core Offerings: Video presentation by Dekila on interdependence, followed by a conversation with Kristin Barker
  • Additional guided practice
  • Inquiries and contemplations for groups and individuals
  • Suggested readings and resources

On August 29

Registration Fees and Dana (Generosity)

Registration includes access to all materials indefinitely. Our fees are structured as a sliding scale based on your access to wealth. More about our fee structure here. Discounts for group membership are applied to these fees.

You can convert USD (US Dollars) into your currency with this currency converter.

Members of groups of 3 or more individuals receive a 25% discount.

For people with medium, high, or very high access to wealth in the global context:

  • Sustainer rate: $130 USD
  • Supporter rate: $50 USD
  • Basic rate: $20 USD

For people with low access to wealth in the global context:

  • Supporter rate: $25 USD
  • Basic rate: $10 USD

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to afford the basic rate, please reach out to us: .

We will invite dana or generosity for our Dekila as well as One Earth Sangha as part of the materials and live gathering.

Leader

Dekila Chungyalpa

Dekila Chungyalpa is the director of the Loka Initiative, whose mission is to support faith-led environmental efforts locally and around the world through collaborations with faith leaders and religious institutions on environmental protection, sustainable development, and global health issues. Prior to that, she was the recipient of the McCluskey fellowship at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she also lectured and researched. Dekila founded and directed Sacred Earth, an acclaimed faith-based conservation program at the World Wildlife Fund from 2009 to 2014. She has served as the WWF-US Director for the Greater Mekong Program and also worked for WWF in the Eastern Himalayas. Dekila serves as the environmental adviser for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Registration for this exploration is open now.

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Questions?

If you still have questions, check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and if you don’t see your question answered there, let us know by email and we’ll do our best!