In this freely-offered, four week online program, Bhikkhu Analayo presents a practical approach to the diverse challenges of climate change that is grounded in the teachings of early Buddhism.
In four, weekly video lectures in January 2020, Bhikkhu Analayo provides an analysis of our climate crisis and offers suggestions for mindfully and skillfully working to mitigate and adapt to catastrophic unraveling. Each video is accompanied by a guided meditation as well as an installment of a four-part special issue he has written for the Insight Journal.
In addition, there will be a written forum moderated by James Baraz, Thanissara, Donald Rothberg, and Kristin Barker. The forum will only be available during January but the rest of the recorded content will be available indefinitely on our website so you can access it at anytime.
|Registration Opens||December 16, 2019|
|Duration||4 Weeks (January 6, 2020 to February 2, 2020)|
|Weekly Themes||January 6: “Relating to the Earth”
January 13: “An Ethics of the Mind”
January 20: “Liberation of the Mind”
January 27: “Walking the Path”
|Components||• weekly video lectures
• moderated forums
• guided meditations
• supplemental readings
(to be released at 10 am EST on dates above)
|Dāna||All donations will be dedicated to reducing BCBS’s carbon footprint through solar power generation and weatherization to reduce our heating needs.
Bhikkhu Analayo and Joseph Goldstein explore the dharma in an age of a changing climate and how mindfulness and compassion can help us face the urgency of the climate crisis. Watch the video and register for the course to go deeper with Bhikkhu Analayo.
Bhikkhu Anālayo is a scholar-monk and the author of numerous books on meditation and early Buddhisn, such as Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthāna, and Satipatthāna Meditation: A Practice Guide. He is a Faculty Member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main area of academic research is early Buddhism, with a special interest in the topics of meditation and women in Buddhism. At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies he regularly teaches residential study & practice courses, participates in online programs, and undertakes research into meditation-related themes. For a full list of Bhikkhu Anālayo’s publications, please click here.
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He leads retreats, workshops, and classes in the U.S and abroad. He is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California where he created the Community Dharma Leader program and the Kalyana Mitta Network. James is co-author of the book Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness, as well as Awakening Joy for Kids. He has led the popular Awakening Joy online course since 2003. James is also an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change.
Thanissara first practiced in the Burmese school of U Ba Khin. Then, after meeting Ajahn Chah, was ordained for twelve years in the Thai Forest School where she was a founding member of Chithurst and Amaravati Buddhist Monasteries. She has led meditation retreats internationally for 35 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. With Kittisaro, she co-founded Dharmagiri in South Africa and helped initiate and support a number of HIV/Aids response projects there. They also recently co-founded Sacred Mountain Sangha in CA in 2017. Her latest book is Time To Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth.
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in developing a socially engaged spirituality. He regularly teaches insight and lovingkindness meditation, which he has practiced since 1976, and on transforming the judgmental mind, wise speech, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He has helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith—through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.
Kristin Barker is the director and co-founder of One Earth Sangha whose mission is to cultivate a response to ecological crises grounded in the Buddhist teachings of wisdom, compassion, and courage. As a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Kristin teaches regularly in Washington, DC with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).
For a more detailed and scholarly analysis, you can purchase a paperback copy of Bhikkhu Analayo’s book, Mindfully Facing Climate Change, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, or freely download a pdf. Your donations are gratefully accepted at the link below and will be used to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of the BCBS campus. Thank you!