Engaged Buddhist Training – Empowering Transformation
Date(s) - Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
Event Sponsor and Host
“Our times desperately call for both spiritual and social commitments. Without spiritual development, well-meaning attempts to change the world will probably unconsciously replicate the very problems that we believe we are solving. …… But if the path of spiritual transformation is not socially informed, it too is at risk. There is the irony of attempting to overcome self-centeredness through spiritual practice while ignoring the cries of the world” Donald Rothberg
- A training grounded in buddhist values and practice
- Crucial practical tools for organising
- The inner resources for sustaining inspiration and engagement
- Skills for building a culture of compassion
In our times, personal and social transformation are intimately bound together. As climate change, peak oil and economic precarity articulate the endgame of this industrial growth era, spiritual practice that fails to face these conditions runs the risk of falling into narcissistic escapism. Meanwhile, attempts to engage with these social and ecological conditions need to be resourced by deep awareness, self-knowledge, and emotional intelligence. As they say, “Wisdom without action is lame, and action without wisdom is blind.”
So, this is a training for people who are awake to the needs and opportunities of our times. This event brings together a team of talented facilitators to offer tools that integrate the inner dimensions of personal transformation with practical skills in organising, community building, and designing effective strategies for social transformation. It brings together the best in activist education with Dharma based practice, to simultaneously empower personal and interpersonal change.
Whether our efforts can herald in a future expressing our potential to live in solidarity with each other and the non-human world, or our work simply creates resilience and capacity in individuals and communities to weather a complex and uncertain future, we cannot know. Either way, there is enormous creative potential for us to nurture in the years in front of us. This training aims to help us build the personal and interpersonal resources to bring that potential forth.
This event is hosted by ecodharma centre.
For more information, see the event website here.