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The Support of the Five Elements

An EcoDharma Exploration with Vimalasara

This EcoDharma Exploration featuring Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community, took place on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Find the recording and resources below. We welcome your support for this program.

How might a deeper understanding of the elements support both our spiritual practice and our relationship with the living Earth? If ecological crises can be understood in terms of elemental imbalance, what possibilities for healing emerge?

EcoDharma Explorations are offered monthly for you to explore a particular aspect of EcoDharma as well as develop a sense of community. In this gathering on March 20, 2022, senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community and award-winning author Vimalasara led an embodied inquiry into our relationship with the elements of our bodies and the Earth.

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, M.A (hon.doc) is a public speaker and master trainer in the field of conflict transformation, leadership and mindfulness. They are a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community and one of the leading African descent voices in the field of mindfulness for addiction. They are the award-winning author of 10 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction. The chairperson of the Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre in British Columbia, Canada, Vimalasara leads and co-leads retreats both nationally and internationally.

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The full recording of the exploration can be found below. You may also view specific portions of the program as standalone videos at the links below:

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