Ecosattva Training

October 11th—December 6th

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    Courage, Connection and Devotion

    An all new series, the 2017 EcoSattva Training begins on Wednesday, October 11 and continues through Wednesday, December 6.

    Course Overview

    Our Growing, Collective Crisis

    Our collective crisis is deepening. Informed by a view of reality which presumes separation and competition, many powerful institutions and institutional actors are actively investing in separation: our religious affiliations, national, racial and ethnic identities, rich and poor, human and nature.

    At the same time, we see a renewed sense of citizenship and empowerment forming in resistance. But is resistance to these forces the extent of our vision? Can we respond to this moment not merely as a crisis in our politics or even culture but instead as an opportunity to confront and transform the world views, the ways of seeing reality, that brought us here? What are the wisdom and practices that will not only help us respond to current conditions, but sow the seeds of the courage, connection and devotion needed as our world enters a period of dramatic change?

    Among many gifts, the Dharma invites us to cultivate qualities of the heart and clarity of the mind. In particular, we are encouraged to contemplate View, the way we are seeing, the stories we tell and what we consider to be reality.  With practice, we can see the way our stories are conditioned into existence and taken as truth. Moreover, we can see where our stories lead and ask if this is where we want to go. As the narratives of dominant culture break, the mistaken views exact their cost, as the consequences of conflict exceed our grasp, the way of the contemporary Bodhisattva may be forged with a devoted heart and dexterity with View. Following our longing  and our love for this world, each of us can cultivate the heart-mind that meets this moment. With courage, connection and devotion, we can together forge a path that responds to a troubled world.

    As both a longtime Buddhist and a social justice activist, I have taken the EcoSattva course twice and will participate again this fall. Learning through the eyes of various teachers the many ways that Buddhism expands one’s ability to look at what is befalling Earth and, through the enormous grief that brings, to love more beings more fully provides me with immeasurable resiliency.

    — 2015 Participant in EcoSattva Training

    We’ll begin on with our first session on October 11 by opening up the territory with grounding, affirming connection and setting our intentions. Over the course of the sessions that follow, we will explore

    • Wisdom: How might we understand our collective crises, how they come into being and how they might be unmade?
    • Practices: what internal and relational practices can help us remain present, grounded and connected
    • Ethics: How do we cultivate unwavering devotion and respond with fierce compassion?

    We hope you’ll join us on October 11 as we cultivate courage, connection and devotion in the age of the Anthropocene.

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    The Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center is registered as an Ecosattva Group with the One Earth Sangha. 

    Our EcoSattva Training group is now available for member registration. To receive the group member discount, be sure to use this link.  

    Cost:  $100 as a member of the Albuquerque Shambhala Center  Ecosattva Group

              $140 as an individual not affiliated with an Ecosattva Group

    For more information go to https://oneearthsangha.org