Posts Tagged ‘environment’

David Loy: Healing Ecology :: Langara on March 7

February 9, 2010

Buddhist scholar and activist David Loy lists key points from his talk Healing Ecology:

“Human civilization is a construct … This construct has led to a collective sense of alienation from the natural world, which causes dukkha … This dukkha involves a collective anxiety about what it means to be human – that is, a fundamental confusion about what we as a species should be doing … Our response to that alienation and anxiety – the collective attempt to secure or ‘self-ground’ ourselves technologically and economically – is making things worse … We cannot ‘return to nature’ because we have never left it, but we need to realize our nonduality with the rest of the biosphere, and what that implies … This will resolve our collective existential problem about what it means to be human. With us the biosphere becomes self-conscious. Our role today is to heal it, and thereby ourselves.”

Sunday, 7 March 2010
Doors open at 3:30pm … talk 4:00pm … Q&A 5:00pm
Location: Langara College 100 West 49th Avenue – Newberry Hall (Room A130) [directions]

Admission by donation
Open to all
No one turned away for lack of funds

Last updated on February 27 at 5:31 pm

Redistribution of Wealth :: Mar 5 to 7

December 14, 2009

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Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and Faith Perspectives

A conference which draws on faith traditions to present alternatives in the context of the global economic crisis – presented by the Interfaith Summer Institute

March 5 to 7, 2010

Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory)
British Columbia, Canada

$35 – $100 sliding scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds

[details + registration]

David Loy: Update and Shambala Sun Article

December 13, 2009

The Interfaith Summer Institute has booked David Loy to speak at a conference it is hosting in Vancouver in March: 3/5/10 to 3/7/10. He also has kindly offered to do something with Vancouver BPF while he is in town. Sunday, March 7 is the most likely day for BPF.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the latest David Loy article in the Shambhala Sun. Thanks to the Jizo Chronicles for the heads-up on this article.

Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves :: 9/22

August 30, 2009

image - Ian Prattis - from Zuru Ling posterAn evening with Zen teacher Dr Ian Prattis …
author of Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves

Tuesday, Sept 22 :: 7:00-9:00pm
Zuru Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
318-336 East 1st Avenue

604 874-7655 :: by donation

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Getting It So Wrong: Arsenic in the Water

August 6, 2009

“Now, decades after the first arsenic alerts were sounded, Bangladeshi authorities and Unicef are finally testing the tube wells in order to gauge the extent of the contamination.

“Their task is a daunting one. It will take longer to test all of the tube wells than it took to dig them.”

Al Jazeera [article] Google [search]

Imagine Peace: Oneness Day Petition

July 26, 2009

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Oneness Day Petition – The Text

I declare:

1. That the message We Are All One, inter-related, inter-connected and inter-dependent … [link]

David Loy: Update and Latest Article

July 8, 2009

The Interfaith Summer Institute has invited David Loy to speak at a conference it is hosting in Vancouver in March: 3/5/10 to 3/7/10. If he accepts, he may also do something with Vancouver BPF while he is in town. Meanwhile you can read a draft of his latest article, posted below. Read the rest of this entry »

The Climate Emergency: A Buddhist Response

May 9, 2009

A Buddhist Response to
The Climate Emergency

with an introduction by

David Loy and John Stanley

and contributions from

Dalai Lama XIV … Gyalwang Karmapa XVII … SakyaTrizin Rinpoche … Dudjom Rinpoche … Chatral Rinpoche … Thrangu Rinpoche … Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche … Ato Rinpoche … RinguTulku Rinpoche … Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche … Tsoknyi Rinpoche … Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche … Bhikkhu Bodhi … Robert Aitken … Joanna Macy … Joseph Goldstein … Taigen Dan Leighton … Susan Murphy … Matthieu Ricard … Hozan Alan Senauke … Lin Jensen … Thich Nhat Hanh [details]

Read the related pan-Buddhist declaration. And please sign it to show your support.

Gary Gach: What Would the Buddha Buy?

December 6, 2008

Gary Gach helps out with the Buy Nothing Christmas campaign from Adbusters:

. . . The Buddha’s critique of mindless craving and needless suffering pinpoints the precise moment during which real pleasure becomes abstract desire – the want to want. [link]

Save the Planet: Stop Harper!

October 6, 2008

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For an excellent guide to how to vote smart where your live and stop a Harper majority, visit: VOTEFORENVIRONMENT.CA This site uses the latest polls to tell you whether your race is close, and which local candidate is your best bet to stop Harper. You Have a Choice: click here to play/download the song and sign the pledge.