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The Power of Joyful and Loving Engagement

An EcoDharma Exploration with James Baraz

This EcoDharma Exploration featuring meditation teacher and Spirit Rock co-founder James Baraz, took place on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Find the recording and resources below. We welcome your support for this program.

In the midst of large-scale ecological harm and injustice, how might we cultivate resilience and an open heart? And how might connecting to unconditional joy strengthen our engaged practice?

One Earth Sangha offers monthly EcoDharma Explorations. In this gathering on June 19, James Baraz led an investigation of grief, joy, inspiration, and how we can energize our engaged practice in the midst of ecological suffering.

James Baraz has been teaching meditation for over thirty years. He is a co-founder teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California where he regularly teaches, and he leads retreats and workshops around the United States and abroad. He created the Awakening Joy course, which has had over 9,000 participants on-site and online, since 2003. He is on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He lives with his wife, Jane, in Berkeley, California. He is the co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps that Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness. His website is He can be reached at

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One Earth Sangha and our featured speakers offer these explorations on a donation basis, with no required registration fee. We invite you to participate in the tradition of offering dana, or generosity. Your support makes these gatherings possible, and any amount offered is greatly appreciated.

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Follow-Up Resources


  • – Climate projects happening that you can get involved in
  • – A rich set of resources from Spain’s Ecodharma Centre
  • – An international movement dedicated to halting mass extinction and ecological degradation




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On Right Relations with Deniers, Delayers, and Destroyers

How might we relate to the "bad guys" as advocates and activists attempting to reduce suffering in the world at large? On June 23, Kevin Gallagher leads this exploration on how we might relate on behalf of both people and planet, to those who cause harm.


The Dynamic Balance of Yin and Yang, Emptiness and Action, Rest and Engagement, on the Path of Change-Making

What strength might we discover when we connect to often-overlooked virtues such as stillness, rest, and receptivity? On April 28, Deborah Eden Tull led this investigation into the sacred balance of light and dark within Nature and our own minds.


How might we nourish the ecological self and support its maturation? John Seed and Br. Tenzin (Dr. Alex Anderson) led this EcoDharma Exploration on May 26 exploring the interwoven teachings and practices of Deep Ecology and Buddhadharma.