Protected: Responding to Ecological Crises – Part 1

Domains and Defining Characteristics of the EcoSattva Path

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What does response to ecological crises look like? What forms might it take? Just as the path of the Dharma is nuanced, so too the path of engaged practice that we are cultivating here. While fundamentalist activism falls prey to reducing then blaming and shaming self or other, fundamentalist Dharma practice negates our concern for worldly phenomenon and instead suggests with should “sit with that.” Seen in this way, the Path of the EcoSattva is already a Middle Way. While there are no recipes on this nonlinear journey, there are foundations, progressions and characteristics we can identify and explore together as EcoSattvas in training.

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Kristin Barker

Kristin Barker

Kristin is co-founder and director of One Earth Sangha whose mission is to cultivate a Buddhist response to ecological crises. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program and now teaches with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC). As a co-founder of White Awake, Kristin has been supporting white people since 2011 with a Dharma approach to uprooting racism in ourselves and in our world. With a background in technology and environmental management, she has worked at several international environmental organizations. She is a GreenFaith Fellow and serves on the advisory boards of Project Inside Out and the Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Climate Change. Kristin was born and raised in northern New Mexico and currently lives in Washington DC, traditional lands of the Piscataway peoples.
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