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'Awakening from the illusion of our separation' and 'Buddhism and the ecolo...
Two socially engaged dharma workshops in Melbourne with international author, scholar and Zen teacher David R. Loy.
Awakening from the illusion of our separation
Date: Saturday, 8 July; Time: 9:15am – 4:30 pm
Our usual sense of self is haunted by a sense of lack: “something is wrong with me”… “I’m not good enough”. Why do we never have enough money, fame, sex, etc.? Because we try to fill up our sense of lack with them – but it doesn’t work. The sense of self needs to be deconstructed and reconstructed, which the Buddhist path (among some others) shows us how to do. The karma teaching is about reconstructing the self by transforming our motivations. Contemplative practices deconstruct the self, helping us to “let go” and realize our true nature.
Buddhism and the ecological challenge
Date: Sunday, 9 July; Time: 9:15am – 4:30 pm
The ecological crisis – which includes global warming but is much bigger than that – is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. What does Buddhism offer, if anything, that can help us understand and respond appropriately? And what does ecological crisis mean for how we understand and practice Buddhism (or any spiritual path) today? Among other things, we will reflect together on the parallels between our perennial individual predicament (according to traditional Buddhism) and our collective predicament today in relation to the biosphere. What does this all imply about how we understand the bodhisattva path? What does it mean to be an “ecosattva”?
David Loy is a professor, writer and Zen teacher who has articulated the idea of institutionalised greed, hatred and delusion and developed a modern Buddhist engagement with our collective contemporary suffering. His seminal books include the acclaimed Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory and his latest publication, A new Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution and Ethics in the Modern World.
Further reading www.davidloy.org
*Note: All ticket options are still available to be purchased for both days despite the date option only displaying Saturday 8th July. This is an error with Eventbrite we are trying to fix up. Apologies for the confusion.