Together at the Edge: A Buddhist Response to the Climate Crisis

with Kristin Barker & Gabriel Dayley

September 14th

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  • $100.00 Patron
  • $80.00 Sustaining
  • $60.00 Subsidized
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Room: Main Shrine Room

“When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time that they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world.”
—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

“We need to change our way of thinking and seeing things. We need to realise that the Earth is not just our environment. The Earth is not something outside of us. Breathing with mindfulness and contemplating your body, you realise that you are the Earth. You realise that your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Look around you—what you see is not your environment, it is you.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, Statement on Climate Change for the UN

Does news of the growing climate crisis and loss of nature bring up feelings of fear, anger, despair, or an urge to seek distraction? Do you wonder how you can show up for our planet and what insight meditation practice and Buddhist teachings offer for doing so? Climate change and related ecological crises present an unprecedented civilizational challenge, from how societies are organized to our own human psyche. Yet through mindfulness and skillful application of Dharma, we can work with our mind, emotions, and actions to face the climate crisis with bravery and compassion.

Join One Earth Sangha founder Kristin Barker and former Shambhala Center Executive Director Gabe Dayley for this one-day workshop to hold our experience of the climate crisis with kindness and to explore how Buddhist wisdom can help us act skillfully. In the context of mindful community, we’ll apply practices that will nourish the seeds of robust and meaningful response to climate change, deepening our connection with the preciousness of interdependent life.

Weather permitting, we will do a brief contemplative practice outdoors.

Key themes of our exploration will include:

  • Creating space to work mindfully with our emotional response to the climate crisis
  • Reflecting on historical context for the climate crisis
  • Practicing shifts in perspective that enable us to take meaningful action
  • Rousing the commitment to respond in daily life
  • Strengthening individual and collective agency amidst what feels like overwhelming momentum
  • Creating opportunities for action in our lives


This "Together at the Edge" program at Shambhala is part of Climate in the Pulpits, a program of Interfaith Power & Light and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network,  through which dozens of congregations across our region are opening conversations about climate change over the weekend of September 13-15:

Kristin Barker is co-founder and director of One Earth Sangha, whose mission is to cultivate a courageous, wise and compassionate response to climate change and other ecological crises. Kristin is exploring what it means to practice a Buddhist response to environmental and social injustice. She is dedicated to cultivating broad-scale awakening to authentic earth relationship through meditation, sustainable living and advocacy. Kristin is a teacher and board member with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC), former board member of the Buddhist Insight Network, a GreenFaith fellow and graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program through Spirit Rock.

Kristin is also a co-founder of White Awake, whose mission is to develop awareness of race dynamics among white people. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, has worked as an independent consultant and staff member at several environmental organizations. Kristin is a native of New Mexico and currently lives in Washington DC.

Gabriel Dayley founded and edits The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, which investigates applications of contemplative wisdom traditions to confronting pressing environmental, social, and political challenges. He formerly served as Executive Director of the DC Shambhala Center, and was raised in the Shambhala tradition by parents who were students of the founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Gabe received a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. His graduate research examined how to address ecological harm using methods from conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and mindfulness research. Gabe’s main areas of interest include environmental justice, anti-oppression work, the intersection of civil resistance and peacebuilding, and the role that mindfulness practices can play in social transformation. He has designed and led workshops to examine whiteness and racism, to investigate toxic masculinity, and to apply mindfulness methods in confronting our personal ecological footprint.

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