How can we wake up and respond to the climate and ecological emergency?
In his forthcoming book, The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency, Shantigarbha combines Buddhist and Nonviolent Communication perspectives to explore the most pressing question of our times.
Buddhists give great importance to mindfulness, wisdom, compassion and interconnectedness, qualities that often make them deeply concerned about the environment and climate change. So what does Buddhism have to say about the climate emergency? How can we see it for what it really is, a crisis of empathy?
This is a course for Buddhists and Nonviolent Communication practitioners concerned about the climate, and eco-activists wishing to ground their work in a spiritual context.
About the course
- Support to process your responses to the climate and ecological emergency in a safe environment.
- Support for Buddhists to make the climate and ecological emergency part of your practice. How do you decide to get involved?
- Support for eco-activists to avoid burnout: training in nonviolence, love and wisdom.
- Goes with The Burning House, Part Two a six-week course (coming later in 2021), which completes the journey from self-development to social change.
- To use empathy to explore what it means to care about the environment.
- To look squarely at the climate and ecological emergency and find the emotional freedom to act now.
- To practise guided reflections to deepen your connection to the Earth and your awareness of interconnectedness.
When and Where
Six Thursdays: 18, 25 March; 1 April, (skip Thursday 8 April), 15, 22 and 29 April 2021; 7:00 – 9:15pm. UK time.
This is an online course. We will invite you to six online calls, using a platform called Zoom — instructions to follow. Zoom allows us to break out into ‘rooms’ for smaller group work.
About the trainer
Shantigarbha is a Buddhist mediator and activist. He is an experienced teacher of both Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1996, he was given the name Shantigarbha, which means ‘Seed or Womb of Peace’. Through his practice of Buddhism, he came across NVC and has been sharing it as a certified trainer since 2004.
Within the Triratna Buddhist Community, he holds responsibilities as an Order Convenor, a member of the International Council and supporting restorative practices.
He has trained members of Extinction Rebellion in Nonviolence and De-escalation skills.
Find out more about Shantigarbha.
- NB. Preparation is not required to participate.
- Video of Shantigarbha’s session on The Burning House (Buddhist Action Month, June 2020).
- A crisis of empathy: Shantigarbha’s book on empathy I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication.
- David Loy, Ecodharma: Buddhist teachings for the Ecological Crisis.
- Marshall Rosenberg: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, or watch one of the videos on our training preparation page.
- NVC Life Hacks on YouTube.
Gift Culture is a new paradigm that moves us away from making money a measurement of worth and value, towards focusing on the sustainability of the community as a whole. More about Gift Culture. As part of experimenting with financial-co-responsibility, we ask the following:
- When you apply, select the £70 deposit option. We ask that you treat £70 as a non-refundable deposit for your place – you can attend and choose to contribute no more than £70.
- At the end of the sixth session of the course, we will invite you to make a further contribution to help us continue and expand our work with others. This will relate to a) the value you have derived from the course, and b) your current financial resources and commitments. On the booking form, we will ask you to confirm that you are aware of this.
A note on finances
We ask for a deposit of £70 to book your place plus a financial contribution of your choosing. To meet our costs and to ensure the sustainability of the event we are suggesting a total contribution in the range of £110–£260 for an online course. If this would be a hardship for you, please do not let that stop you from attending as we would love to have you there. Please contact us to talk about it.