A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
Saturday 20 July 2pm – 4pm
How to Respond to the Climate Crisis?
Buddhist practice in times of emergency and connecting back to the natural world.
We are fortunate enough to have Bruce Shillingsworth, Budjiti/Muruwarri artist and activist come to speak to us about how to grow that sense of connection with the sacred in the natural world, and about the indigenous voice within this climate crisis. He is campaigning at the moment for the health of the Murray Darling River.
Join us if you want to get involved and do something about the climate crisis.
Paul Kingsnorth, the ‘recovering environmentalist’ points out that our idea of the natural world lacks a sense of the sacred: we don't see anything in it as being greater than ‘me’. How do we foster and honour our deep embeddedness in the natural world?
What is being suggested by Buddhist, Permaculturalist, Indigenous and other commentators is the need to go further than adjusting our own habits to maintain our lifestyle: a radical inner revolution is needed that transforms utterly our ‘ecology’ of mind to a relational one, where we participate in life as a web of connection and relationship. Apocalyptic commentary, although sounding an important warning to us all, does not motivate us to act. What seems more attractive is participating in an alternative culture. What is needed is urgency as well as the equipoise of a good healthy mind.
There will be some short talks to set the tone, and then we'll meet in small groups to discuss ways of refining and clarifying how we can contribute. We have many suggestions to draw from about what could be effective things to do, and welcome further ideas and passions. The idea is to support one another, share resources and identify how that sharing might continue to build well-being, resilience and action at this critical juncture.
"If there's going to be any future for the kind of culture we're in, it's got to be in finding some kind of notion of the sacred in nature itself." Paul Kingsnorth
Come and make connections and help activate our community.
All welcome, by donation - Led by Aryadharma, Anita, Arthacarya and Gillian.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Buddhist or a regular at the centre?
No, everyone who wants to hear about what a Buddhist response to the climate emergency might be is welcome.
How much does the event cost?
We don't charge a fixed price but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
Do I need to book?
No - just turn up!
Where to Find Us
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.