Many of our sangha feel there is a seamless continuity between inner development and outward engagement with the world. Insight meditation and other dharma practices are seen as enabling a more skillful response to the social and environmental challenges of our time. This page offers a list of organisations that inspire a more insightful and compassionate engagement as well as some upcoming events.
SanghaSeva offers “Meditation in Action” retreats in India, Europe and Israel-Palestine. For more information about SanghaSeva retreats
16-27 October: Being Peace Retreat, Israel and Palestine
1-2 November: Being Peace Weekend Retreat
Being the change we wish to see in Israel and Palestine
All SanghaSeva retreats are facilitated by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde. Click here for more info and to book please visit SanghaSeva.org
One Earth Sangha
One Earth Sangha’s mission is to bring the essential wisdom and practices from the Buddhist tradition to collective engagement on climate change and other threats to our home. For more information about One Earth Sangha and upcoming events for 2019 visit One Earth Sangha
The Eco-Dharma Centre is situated in a beautiful and wild part of the Catalan Pyrenees. They offer courses, events and retreats which support the realisation of human potential and the development of an ecological consciousness honouring our mutual belonging within the web of life – drawing on the Buddhist Dharma.
Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE)
Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) is a space for connecting to explore the breadth of possible Dharma responses to climate change and related issues.
Update from Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE)
“Whilst many of you may be getting ready for the ‘Friday for Future’ days of protest and actions from 20-27 September and/or the International Rebellion starting on 7 October, a number of us are also dealing with court cases following arrests in April. Yanai Postelnik and Kirsten Kratz, Dharma teachers very closely associated with Gaia House for many years, are two of the many awaiting their trial. Trials that are very much an integral part of the ‘Mandala of Compassionate Non-Violent Engagement and Protest’. Please hold Yanai, Kirsten and all defendants facing trial in the coming months in your heart. Thank you and with Love!”
Find out more about the trials and offering support here
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship aspires to cultivate the conditions for peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability within our selves, our communities, and the world.
Vigil for the wild earth – Gaia House
This year’s all-night Sangha Vigil will take place on 23 November, with alternating periods of sitting and walking, poetry, music, a fire, ritual and guided movement.
“This year we will be dedicating our night together to raising funds for tree planting and re-wilding. You are warmly invited to join us at Gaia House in November for all or part of the night. Alternatively, it would be wonderful if you’d like to set up your own parallel vigil with your community of sangha, friends and activists. We can help with suggestions, practicalities and communication – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.”
No time to lose: A Dharma response to climate change
15 September with (in person) James Baraz, Joanna Macy, Belvie Rooks, Jennifer Berezan and (via video) Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Venerable Analayo & others.
A day-long Dana benefit event for One Earth Sangha and Spirit Rock exploring how to apply the gifts and tools available through Dharma practice to the climate crisis – learning to face and transform fear, grief, anger, overwhelm and blocks that keep us from contributing in a meaningful and inspiring way. Live stream available. Register here
Holding the Heart-line
XR Buddhists at the International Rebellion
A group, initiated by Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE), has recently come together as Extinction Rebellion Buddhists, and will be occupying Westminster as part of a ‘Faith Bridge’ – a physical space where those from different faiths will unite to send a clear message about the necessity for solidarity in response to the climate crisis.
Click here to join the event, find out more or help spread the word