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Luminous Darkness

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

Deborah Eden Tull led this EcoDharma Exploration on April 28, 2024. A recording is available below. We welcome your support for this program.

The natural world models the wisdom of the Tao—yin and yang, restoration and action, elemental darkness and light in dynamic balance. As the fallow of winter gives birth to the generative energy of springtime, we invite you into an embodied dharma inquiry into balance and regeneration. The dominant paradigm carries a great bias towards speed, action, and the expressive aspects of Nature and consciousness while undervaluing receptivity and stillness. This, alongside the urgency of our times, can lead us to depletion and overwhelm us at the same time.

In this restorative gathering, we will explore teachings from Eden’s latest book: Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown, about the power of receptivity and the sacred balance of dark and light in the work of bearing compassionate witness—and consciously responding—to our world.

All are welcome; experienced practitioners and newcomers; those who identify as change agents and those who do not. Consider that in today’s world we are all called to consciously respond and to act on behalf of what we cherish and wish to protect.

This gathering took place on April 28, 2024. You can find the recording of this event below.

Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation/mindfulness teacher, author, spiritual activist and sustainability educator. She spent seven years as a monastic at a silent Zen Monastery, and has been immersed in sustainable communities for 25 years. Eden’s teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, non-duality, mindful inquiry, and personal transformation. She teaches dharma intertwined with post-patriarchal thought and practices, resting upon a lived knowledge of our unity with the more than human world. She also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. Eden has been practicing meditation for the past 30 years and teaching for over 20 years. Her books include Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown, Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet, and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution. She lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Cherokee land, and offers domestic and international retreats, leadership trainings, and consultations.

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