ENGAGED  ACTION

FAITHS 4 CLIMATE JUSTICE

pictures and video of the
Walk across the Mahicantuck for Climate Justice
Sunday, October 17, 2021

The afternoon of Sunday, October 17, 2021, 120 people of diverse faiths, including those who are spiritual but not religious, assembled along the Mahicantuck (Hudson River) to raise their collective voice for climate justice as they walk across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

"We are walking across the Mahicantuck in awareness of our moral obligation to act now to mitigate the impacts of climate change and to preserve life by protecting our natural world and its resources."

- Marjorie ChoGaku McCoy (Village Zendo)

"We want those at COP26 to understand that destroying our planet, burdening those least responsible with loss of homeland and loss of life, and squelching the hopes, dreams and prospects of future generations go against our most deeply held moral and spiritual precepts."

- John Seakwood (Tendai Buddhist Institute)

COALITION  &  COUNCIL  ASSEMBLIES

ORGANIZATIONAL  MEETING

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.

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

James Lynch

Karen Eko Walker