Working together for a better world...
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.
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.
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
Cost: £30 including lunch; Tariki students £20 including lunch
Book: email firstname.lastname@example.org