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Tonglen for Eco-Anxiety


Climate scientist and founder of the Loka Initiative Dekila Chungyalpa guides us through this meditation to this moment of ecological crises. In a practice of “giving and receiving,” we are supported in working through and ultimately transforming our suffering for this world.

From the Practice

Eco-anxiety is a completely valid response to an existential threat. It means your inner warning system is working and your emotions come from a place of love and compassion for people, for wildlife, and for nature.

The very basis of our lives is interdependence with the earth. Rest in this awareness and relax here, trusting that you are indivisible from nature.


The transcript for this practice can be found here: Healthy Minds in Practice_ Tonglen for Eco-Anxiety – Center for Healthy Minds (en-US)

This practice was originally posted on the Healthy Minds Program App, which contains audio recordings of meditations and a whole program for well-being. The app is freely available, thanks to the generosity of donors.

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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