Awakening to Climate Emergency

On May 18, 2019, on the occasion of Vesak, the annual observance of the Buddha’s awakening to reality, One Earth Sangha joined with Sacred Mountain Sangha to host a live webinar to support the Call to Declare Climate Emergency. The recording for this event is now available and we invite you to join us with your local Sangha’s and communities to Declare Climate Emergency at all levels.

Our focus was to enact a ceremonial space through which we could avow a shift of consciousness, one that reflects the need for radical realignment with planetary emergency and the Right Action that must follow. More than just wisdom, this group (see full list below) created a sense of power and presence as we face this unprecedented challenge.

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From the organizers:

The time is upon us to take to heart the Buddha’s radical awakening and to apply all our practice, skills, and what wisdom and compassion we have to the task at hand, which is protecting Mother Nature and her myriad beings while ensuring a liveable planet for our children, grandchildren and the generations to come.

Mother Nature is calling us to be truth messengers and change agents and to enact a radical, quantum shift of consciousness that mirrors our rapid planetary state shift. Through DCEN we honor this call by naming and embodying the reality that “business as usual” is no longer viable for a sustainable future. In particular, we call on the Dharma, mindfulness, yoga communities, alongside all involved in awakening, healing, and transformational work, whatever affiliation, to join us in this effort. If you don’t feel you fit in these categories, you too are absolutely welcome.

The call from Mother Nature, Grandmother Earth is now extremely urgent. We have almost no time left to act as protectors of life on Earth and to pull together to hold a ground of consciousness, resilience, and wellbeing. We need to move while we can, before we experience a collapse into free fall where conducive spaces to share and organise are replaced by the shock of societies becoming more chaotic and dismembered as our life support systems die.

Let us join together in our heartbreak so we can share and transmute our grief, pain and outrage into a clarity and focus that informs creative, joyful, non-violent action.

— Thanissara, with the DCEN team.

Featured Guests

This live webinar featured:

  • Thanissara – Sacred Mountain Sangha US, Dharmagiri S.Africa
  • Kittisaro – Sacred Mountain Sangha US, Dharmagiri S.Africa
  • Jozen Gibson – Brooklyn Zen Center, Youth Awake Project, Insight Meditation Society
  • Nadja Goldberg – Youth vs Apocalypse
  • Mark Øvland – Extinction Rebellion, Freely Given Retreats
  • Noliwe Alexander – East Bay Meditation Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Suvaco – Gaia House UK, Extinction Rebellion UK
  • Charity Kahn – San Francisco Insight, DCEN Working team (Sacred Mountain Sangha)

This event was hosted by One Earth Sangha’s director, Kristin Barker.

Transcript from the webinar chat room.

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