Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion: Earth Care Week

with Gabe Dayley

October 11th (2018)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is: The Dharma of Caring for the Earth: A Talk for Earth Care Week

    This evening's speaker is: Gabe Dayley

    Description: What perspective and methods can we draw from Shambhala Buddhist wisdom to help us care for the Earth in a time of environmental crises, ecosystem collapse, and climate change? Join us for an exploration of how we can apply Dharma and warriorship teachings to addressing the ecological challenges we face. This talk is part of a collection of activities at different Buddhist and mindfulness centers for Earth Care Week. To see more about Earth Care Week, visit https://oneearthsangha.org/.

    Speaker Bio: Gabe Dayley serves as the executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC. He founded and edits The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, which publishes essays and academic articles examining the relationship between contemplative practice and social transformation, including on environmental issues. He received his master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC, where he focused on environmental peacebuilding.

    Details: Everyone is welcome on Thursday evenings to meditate together, hear a dharma talk, and engage in discussion. Talk topics change each week, but each provides a distinct insight into how we can awaken to our “basic goodness”; that is, have a sense of intrinsic dignity and completeness in dealing with our everyday lives which promotes kindness, strength, and wisdom both in ourselves and in how we relate to others in society.

    Each Thursday evening begins with a silent, group meditation session from 7-7:30 in the Main Shrine Room followed by a talk/presentation and group discussion. Those who are new to meditation should plan to arrive at 7pm when a Shambhala-certified instructor provides a brief introduction to meditation practice in another room until the beginning of the talk and discussion at 7:30. After the talk, you're invited to continue the conversation in our reception area over a cup of tea and light snacks.

    We provide these evenings as an offering to the community. No advance registration is necessary and there is no fee to attend. Simply drop in whenever you feel inspired. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization operating in the DC metropolitan area for over 40 years, we are supported by our members' monthly dues and by voluntary online or onsite donations. All donations are greatly appreciated!  

    First Thursdays:  “Learn to Meditate” Workshop (7-8:30pm)

    On the first Thursday of each month, in lieu of the schedule above, we offer a more in-depth "Learn to Meditate" workshop geared toward newcomers to meditation. The session includes Q&A and discussion, and is followed by refreshments. (There is a fee for this workshop. Please see our calendar for details and registration information.)