Buddhist Therapists Forum: Buddhism and the Environment: Taking Responsibility

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Buddhist Therapists Forum: Buddhism and the Environment: Taking Responsibility

Time: March 28, 2020 from 10am to 4pm
Location: The Buddhist House
Event Type: forum
Organized By: caroline brazier
Latest Activity: Dec 19, 2019

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with Don de Silva

Are concepts like “environment” and “climate change” something new? What are the origins of the modern environmental movement? How did it all start? What does “sustainability” mean? What are the links between Buddhism and the Environment? What is the relevance of Buddhism to the sustainable development? These are some of the challenging issues, we will discuss in an inter-active one-day workshop..

The workshop will be conducted by Don de Silva, who witnessed and reported on the emergence of world concern about the environment in the 1970s. He joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was part of the media team, which led the way in making “sustainable development” and “climate change” household words today. One of the few journalists from the Third World to attend and report about the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – or “Stockholm” as it is often called, Don de Silva also participated in promoting the first climate change expert panel, with UNEP’s communication team.

Responsible for regional media activities, Don helped develop awareness programmes to shift understanding of environment. Not just about conservation, links were made between environment, justice, good governance, equity and poverty. With UNEP, he also helped establish inter-governmental treaties and protocols, bringing diverse governments together to tackle common environmental challenges and share resources, organizing key world environmental summits.

Now a University Buddhist Chaplain, he promotes mental health and well-being. He also works to create awareness about the role of Faith in tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development.

  • At the Buddhist and Environment workshop, participants will be given a thorough introduction to the start of the modern environmental movement, in particular the women, who played a major role in the process.

Using specific examples from Early Buddhist Texts, the workshop will explore the teachings of the Buddha in relation to the vital connection between personal and collective greed, hatred and delusion.

  • The workshop will present examples of how the Buddha spoke truth to power, dealt with issues, such as caste and exclusion, and related the Dhamma to social, political and economic issues.
  • The workshop will include inter-active, group discussions and mindfulness and meditative exercises as takeaways.
  • Environmental activism is not a fad. It is a long-term commitment. The workshop will discuss challenges to people’s movements, how to respond to both achievements and drawbacks, as well as, looking after one’s well-being and sustaining action against sudden developments, both personal and global.

Buddhist Therapists Forum is a gathering of people interested in therapy and Buddhism. Our programme is wide-ranging, drawing on different spiritual and philosophical traditions as well as Buddhism, and on different therapeutic and psychological topics.

The format varies but some forums involve personal sharing or workshop style exercises. We ask you to take responsibility for managing personal and professional boundaries.

Forums are open to anyone with an interest in a particular topic. Most attending are practising therapists, students on counselling programmes or work in the mental health field. Although forums are generally professionally orientated, they are open to anyone.If you are unsure about attending, do ask us.

Tariki students can count forums as peer learning hours. We give letters confirming attendance for CPD.

Venue: The Buddhist House

Times: 10.00am-4.00pm

Cost: £30 including lunch; Tariki students £20 including lunch

Book: email courses@tarikitrust.org

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