Right Action in the Anthropocene

Right Action in the Anthropocene
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Date(s) - Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019
7:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

New York Insight Meditation Center

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New York Insight Meditation Center

Right Action in the Anthropocene:
A Buddhist Response to Global Warming

with Bhikkhu Bodhi and Guests

Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Friday Night Speakers: Kristin Barker, Kevin Krajick, Shephali Patel, and Regina Valdez
Saturday Daylong Teachers: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Kristin Barker, Reverend Damon Mkandawire, Reverend Massango R. Warakula, Stephen Roylance and Regina Valdez

Wildfires in the west, flooding in the northeast, extensive groundwater loss in India and droughts in Central America that prompt thousands of small farmers to flee the countryside in an exodus of survival. These are just a few examples of suffering from man-made climate change. There has to be something we can do, but what? The answers are different for everyone, but they all stem from the place of action, or, Right Action.

Right Action, as part of the Noble Eightfold Path, describes a way of living that is committed to refraining from harming living beings and taking what’s not given. How can we apply this moral concept to our lives when so much of how we live is predicated on modes of harm: driving increases carbon emissions, raising cattle for human consumption and even growing rice increases atmospheric methane concentrations? Heating and cooling our homes, using plastic bags when we buy our groceries–all these actions drive us ever closer to the tipping point of climate change. What, then, is the ‘right way’ to live in the Anthropocene?

We’ll begin with a panel discussion Friday night with leaders at the forefront of the climate emergency. They’ll help us understand our part in global warming and what we can do about it. On Saturday we’ll deepen our understanding and hear from activists in the field. We’ll also hear from climate leaders in Africa, in Zambia and Zimbabwe, on how the actions of the global north are affection billions in the global south.

Join us for this important event as we explore the causes and conditions that have brought us to this place in time, the dukkha of extinction and human suffering, and the solutions that we can bring to bear in this critical time of our world.

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This event is hosted by New York Insight Meditation Center.
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