COALITION & COUNCIL ASSEMBLIES
April 26, 2021 - twenty-nine engaged activists assembled in solidarity for the organizational meeting of the Buddhist Action Coalition in the Upper Hudson and Berkshires.
May 28, 2021 - to consider collaborating with Basilica Hudson and other environmental activists in organizing and hosting a “planning forum” with the purpose of identifying meaningful actions to be done locally in responding proactively to the climate and ecological crisis.
Recording begins with discussion on Chaplaincy Mentoring.
RECORDINGS - environmental & ecological
How Can Buddhism Help Us
Respond to the Ecological Crisis?
Talk & Discussion with David Loy
Recording from May 5, 2021 (1.5 hours)
The ecological crisis—which includes the climate emergency but is much bigger than that—is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. What does Buddhism offer, if anything, that can help us understand and respond appropriately? Most of all, what does the eco-crisis mean for how we understand and practice Buddhism (or follow any spiritual path) today? What is the role of the bodhisattva/ecosattva today?
Why the Buddha Touched the Earth
HuffPost - David Loy & John Stanley
October 14, 2011
"As the Buddha’s enlightenment reminds us, our awakening too is linked to the Earth. The Earth bore witness to the Buddha, and now the Earth needs us to bear witness…"
RECORDINGS - The Anima Mundi
Collective Liberation Towards What?
Talk & Discussion with Dr. Larry Ward
Recording from June 16th (2 hours)
The binary view finds us caught between a natural aspiration for a social utopia and a fear of dystopia.
Utopia is an imagined society where the social psychology and life systems create and sustain economic, political, and social-spiritual well-being as its highest purpose.
Dystopia an imagined society in which there is great suffering, injustice and a place where people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives.
A third view of giving wise attention to what is emergent in the present for wellness, justice and harmony: it has been called The Anima Mundi, the birth of a yet to be created planetary sense of soul.
RECORDINGS - social & economic justice
How do Buddhists address social and political violence when there can often be an insistence within our traditions that doing so disrupts harmony, takes sides, and creates division? How do we ensure our traditions do not join in the reproduction of structural oppression and inequity? How do we work diligently for justice without entrenching separation and anger in our minds and hearts?
Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara
Karen Eko Walker
HARVARD BUDDHIST COMMUNITY
Undoing Whiteness in
American Buddhist Modernism
Recording from April 22, 2021 (1.5 hours)
What is “whiteness” and how has it shaped, functioned in, and hindered American convert Buddhist modernism? How have Buddhists of Color illuminated and undone whiteness? How can white practitioners support and enact the practice of racial justice and collective liberation? And, how should we historically situate the “radical re-orientation” underway in these Buddhist lineages?