We have linked up with the Network of Buddhist Organisations Eco Dharma project to offer a programme of talks for the Autumn. Some things are yet to be finalised but here are the details we know so far.

October

‘Climate Change and Global Justice”

Wednesday 28th October 6.30 – 8.30

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Paul Wielgus of Jamyang Buddhist Group Bath combines his Buddhist and secular mindfulness teaching with Eco-Dharma practices such as Joanna Macy’s ‘Work That Reconnect’; he is currently engaging in an enquiry into Buddhist attitudes to racial justice and related issues.

Paul spent over 25 years bringing Mindfulness into the international corporate world working with leaders across Europe and Africa, in an attempt to encourage them to adopt Environmental and Social Sustainability strategies. After participation in Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects and an “encounter with Mara” he woke up to the futility of this task and late in life turned his whole attention to Activism. He is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher of over 25 years, has a masters in Action Inquiry from Bath Uni, MBSR teacher trained, Work that Reconnects trained and studied Secular Dharma for 2 years at Bodhi College. He brings all these skills and experience to his work including a series of Mindfulness Based courses designed to help people, including activists survive and thrive in these chaotic and uncertain times. He is particularly interested in what Buddhism can uniquely bring to these challenging times and includes the “powerful” question for us to discuss and reflect on at the workshop

“In what ways might The Dharma mature into a force for radical social healing and justice and empower our potential for collective awakening?“

November

‘Climate and well being’

UK Eco-Dharma Network webinar – Date and other details to be arranged.

December

‘Global sustainability cannot happen without great compassion”

Wednesday 9th December 6.30 – 8.30

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Francesca Paoletti is an experienced environmental engineer who has also studied extensively within FPMT. She recently gave a presentation on this topic to the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, with a focus on how we can overcome our feelings of powerlessness in the face of such vast global problems as climate change.