Suzuki Roshi encouraged us “to shine one corner of the world.” He said, “That is enough. Not the whole world. Just make it clear where you are.”
In this seminar, we will explore how clarity about our actual sphere of influence can bring a sense of empowerment and response-ability to our engagement with the planetary ecological crisis – arguably the greatest challenge of our times.
The dharmic worldview is anchored in the realization that the world is not a constellation of separate things; the world is a meshwork of undivided activities. Everything is coming together to make this moment, this life possible. In this sense, the dharma is always already an ecological dharma. However, 2500 years ago the historical Buddha did not have to be concerned about the rapid degradation of the Earth’s ecosystems. We do!
How can the dharma help us engage the reality of the planetary ecological crisis – socially, psychologically, and practically? And how can the crisis help us deepen our realization of the dharma?
We will explore these questions through lectures, question and answer, open discussion, and small groups. Previous experience with Zen is not required.
While the main seminar begins at 6 pm on Friday, Zenki Roshi begins to develop the topic of the seminar on Friday morning for those that are able to attend. It is possible to arrive either on Thursday or Friday evening. The event ends with a lunch on Sunday.