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Making Friends with Precarity

Wisdom and Practice for a Life of Vulnerability

One Earth Sangha director Kristin Barker led this EcoDharma Exploration on July 23, 2023. A recording is available below. We welcome your support for this program.

Photo by Kristin Barker

Death and decay are inherent in the cycles of life. In these soft bodies, we have made an enormous project of insulating ourselves in a way that is in part backfiring at the global level. As we enter a period of collective imperilment, might we be re-acquainted with the raw vulnerability of life? What might Buddhist wisdom and practices offer as we come to terms with the need for protection?

One Earth Sangha director Kristin Barker led this investigation into precarity and the potential gifts at the other end of it on July 23, 2023. You can find the recording of this event below.

Kristin Barker is co-founder and director of One Earth Sangha whose mission is to cultivate a Buddhist response to ecological crises. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program and now teaches with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC). As a co-founder of White Awake, Kristin has been supporting white people since 2011 with a Dharma approach to uprooting racism in ourselves and in our world. With a background in software engineering as well as environmental management, she has worked at several international environmental organizations. She is a GreenFaith Fellow and serves on the advisory board of Project Inside Out. Kristin was born and raised in northern New Mexico and currently lives in Washington DC, traditional lands of the Piscataway peoples.

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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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