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Practicing on the Job

A Buddhist Climate Scientist Discusses Wholeness in the Workplace


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Confronting the reality of climate and other ecological crises on a daily basis isn’t easy. Dekila Chungyalpa knows first-hand the power of Dharma practice to not only soothe our breaking hearts, but also to inspire and guide our response.

In this recorded interview for the Tricycle Talks podcast, Dekila recounts her journey of integrating her Tibetan Buddhist practice into her daily work on environmental issues. In a professional, science-driven workplace, it turns out she is not alone in drawing strength from a spiritual path.

See our companion post sharing Dekila’s guided practice of tonglen, giving and receiving. Dekila will also be our featured guest in the upcoming August EcoDharma Exploration.

Dekila will be leading our August EcoDharma Exploration, an extended period of practice focused on a particular EcoDharma theme. The exploration will culminate with a live gathering with Dekila on Aug 29th. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Dekila Chungyalpa

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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