Our House Is on Fire: Responding to the Climate Crisis
Date(s) - Mar 28, 2020
9:00 am EDT - 2:00 pm EDT
Event Sponsor and Host
Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston
with Irene Woodard
From the organizer:
Please join us for a day of conversation, contemplation, and engagement, facilitated by Irene Woodard, on responding to the climate crisis. Irene is a GreenFaith Fellow and Vice-Chair of the GreenFaith Board of Directors, as well as a long-time Shambhala practitioner. She has been actively involved in initiatives and actions to confront the international climate crisis since 2010.
As presented in the Lotus Sutra, the Parable of the Burning House tells the story of a wealthy man with many children who are playing inside his house. The house catches on fire, but the children are distracted by their games and are unaware that the house is burning all around them. This parable also describes the climate crisis. Our house, our planet, is on fire but we don’t realize the danger, distracted as we are by the toys and games of materialism which characterize life in 2020.
The climate crisis requires bravery, knowledge, compassion and skillful means to address. How do we, as individuals and as communities of faith, respond? How can we hold the enormity of the emergency in our hearts and still find the energy and bravery to act? Creating time and space to hold our fears and our hopes within community can break the feelings of paralysis and despair. What are the practical, impactful, and spiritual changes we can make?
This event is hosted by Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston.
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