“We have entered the uncharted territory of a global emergency, where ‘business as usual’ cannot continue. We must take the initiative to repair and protect this world, ensuring a safe climate future for all people and all species.’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Climate disruption is a phenomenon that has been well-researched and studied by the world’s leading environmentalists.
Warnings have been issued continually to the general public and world leaders about the impending catastrophe urging immediate concerted action to control climate disruption. Despite numerous climate change summits and conferences, the leaders have failed to reach a consensus on the speed and scope of actions required. Consequently the climate emergency has reached a critical stage.
Motivated to facilitate a Buddhist response to the growing environmental crisis, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds has launched an EcoDharma Group as part of its outreach work.
The EcoDharma Group aims to offer opportunities to –
- Study Buddhist philosophy offering a deeper understanding of the ecological crisis and considering concepts such as interdependence, impermanence, the importance of non-attachment and also the ethical imperative to take action, which comes from deep compassion for all sentient beings.
- Inform and facilitate putting this understanding into practice in terms of personal lifestyle, in the local community and at regional and national levels. This could include: awareness-raising, discussion groups, participation in environmental initiatives such as tree planting schemes, campaigning on topics such as a zero-carbon future and the move towards an increasingly plant-based diet and ecoactivism at a political, economic and social level.
- Facilitate opportunities for closer personal experience of being in Nature so that ecoactivism is grounded in personal experience.
- Build a network with other like-minded groups both Buddhist and environmental
- Offer a resource base for further study and to facilitate networking – see the Eco-Dharma Resources section for useful links, reading suggestions and other information.
More details of our activities can be found by clicking the links below:
Monthly Discussion Meetings – currently on Zoom, next meeting Tuesday 14 July, 7-9 p.m.
Weekly Ecodharma Study Group – led by David Midgley. Next series starts in September.
GTI and Woodland Project – an opportunity to support a local tree planting scheme as part of Osel Hita’s Global Tree Initiative (GTI)
If you would like to be kept in touch with future activities, please join our Eco-Dharma email list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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