Saturday, May 27, 2023, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Kirsten Rudestam will speak on “Dharma is the essence of nature; nature is the essence of dharma.”
The 6th Zen Patriarch wrote, “Dharma is the essence of nature; nature is the essence of dharma.” In this talk and discussion, we’ll consider the intersection of Buddhist practice and nature. Why and how can practicing in nature inform and expand our meditation practice? How do we understand the dharma/nature of who we truly are, and how might this open us to a kind of responsiveness or responsibility to the world? We’ll begin with a short guided meditation, followed by a talk and group break-out sessions.
Kirsten works as an environmental educator, wilderness guide, and meditation teacher. She believes that practices of (re)connection are crucial in maintaining our capacity to face and respond to ecological loss and to embrace our inherent interbeing.
Kirsten holds a PhD in environmental sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied water policy and management, feminist political ecology, and environmental justice. She is trained as a vision fast guide through the School of Lost Borders, is a facilitator for Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects,” and has over twenty years of experience teaching for colleges and universities, environmental field courses, and nature-based meditation programs.
She has been practicing meditation since 1997, and co-founded and co-teaches the Sati Center’s Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy training program.
You can find out about the Earth Care Group HERE
If you have any questions, please contact the Earth Care group at EarthCare.Dharma@gmail.com
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