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Public Talk by Susan Murphy Roshi: Lighting a strong fire of attention

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Edinburgh Community Hall

Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy

Tram stop #20 on route 11. The hall is located at end of access road next to Bowls club

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In this moment of fiery apocalypse, we take up the call to fight fire with the fire of deep attention, steadily bearing witness, cultivating the mind that is ‘empty and intelligent, alert and undazzled’. We do so alongside and with the supportive presence of other people determined to do the work of caring and responding.

Apocalypse means the tearing away of the veil that has hidden truth, the revelation of what is fundamentally present, minus our (endlessly proliferated) opinions about it. Denial of reality is at last less comforting than its full and complete admission. Our beloved Australia is shockingly on fire, a continent-wide bonfire of the lies that have held long overdue climate action in check.

Zen can open the way to a responsive, awake and steady form of presence, strong in its holding of the tragedy of all that is happening, firm and clear in not succumbing to fearful despair - so that we can truly be of some help.

About Susan:

Susan Murphy Roshi is one of the important global voices in the Ecological Buddhism movement and frequently writes and presents on Zen-inspired responses to the crisis of global warming. Susan is a guiding teacher for Melbourne Zen Group as well as Zen Open Circle (NSW) and Mountain and Rivers Zen (Tasmania). She is a prolific writer, most recently publishing ‘Minding the Earth, Mending the World’ and ‘Red Thread Zen’.


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