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

Paul Wielgus of Jamyang Buddhist Group Bath

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Paul 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

Eco Dharma Network Webinar: ’Staying sane in the face of the climate’ 

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Sunday, 8 November 2.30 – 4pm

A talk by Caroline Brazier with a response from Joe Mishan

Please register via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/staying-sane-in-the-face-of-the-climate-crisis-tickets-125982528133

Connection and interconnection in troubled times: In these times of catastrophic environmental change, how can we find precious moments of peace and replenishment in our connection to the natural world? The Buddhist teachings are often seen as guiding us to look inward in order to resource ourselves, yet going into nature has been part of Buddhist practice since earliest times. As things become increasingly troubled, once again this precious thread within our tradition invites us to recollect our interconnectedness and interdependence with the web of the ecosystem and find delight in our dependence on the natural world.

Caroline Brazier is a practising psychotherapist, Buddhist and writer. Deeply concerned about the current environmental situation, for the last ten years she has been developing the Ten Directions training in ecotherapy at Tariki Trust.

Joe Mishan is a member of DANCE and XR Buddhists as well as a practicing psychotherapist. There will be an opportunity for discussions in small groups and a Q&A.

December

‘Global sustainability cannot happen without great compassion”

Wednesday 9th December 6.30 – 8.30

Francesca Paoletti

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Francesca 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.