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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Preparing the Heart for Practice in Action
Ayya Santacittā, Ayya Santussikā, David Loy, Thanissara, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wes Nisker
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September 20, 2014
10:00 am - 01:00 pm

We invite you to join us in this auspicious gathering of practitioners as we prepare our hearts and minds for the People's Climate March on Sunday , September 21st. We will come together to inspire and support each other in calling forth our courage and resolve, as we stand with people from all over the country and around the world to support our leaders in taking right action on climate.

This will be a defining moment in history and for Buddhist practitioners: a moment to clearly demonstrate our deep concern and love for the Earth and all living beings on it. Together we will explore how to bring our practice to Right Action and add our voices to this call for a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

There will be Dharma reflections, collective sharing, meditations, chanting, ritual and fun.

As part of our commitment to making the space friendly and healthy for all particpants in this event, we are asking you to be fragrance-free out of respect for fellow sangha members with chemical sensitivities that impact their health.

For more info on what "fragrance-free" means, see here.

In short, here's what we're asking:

  • Please please refrain from using perfume, cologne, or other strongly scented hair care/body care products (lotion, shampoo, body spray) on the day of this event.
  • Please also refrain from wearing clothes that have been freshly laundered using scented detergent or dryer sheets.
  • If it's got the word "fragrance" in the list of ingredients, that means it's not fragrance-free!

Following these guidelines is an act of love that makes sure all of us are healthy and able to participate fully in the march.

Thank you!

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Ayya Santacittā Ayya Santacittā was born in Austria and has practiced meditation since 1988. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993 and is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women near Placerville, CA. In 2011 she received bhikkhuni ordination.


Ayya Santussikā Ayya Santussikā grew up on a farm in Indiana and has practiced meditation since 1979. She has trained as a nun in California and the UK since 2005 and is co-founder of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a neighborhood monastery for women in Mountain View, CA. She received bhikkhuni ordination in 2012.

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David Loy David Robert Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, a writer, and a Zen teacher. He is a prolific author, The World Is Made of Stories; Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays; Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution, and his articles appear regularly in the pages of Tikkun, Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma. David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. A popular recent lecture is “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis”, which argues that there is an important parallel between what Buddhism says about our personal predicament and our collective predicament today in relation to the rest of the biosphere.  His website is      

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Thanissara Thanissara, originally from London, was a Buddhist nun for 12 years in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She has been teaching Buddhism and meditation internationally for the last 25 years. She has an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Practice and currently resides & works between the US & South Africa.  She is co-founder of Dharmagiri South Africa, and is currently focused on Dharma and climate action. Thanissara is author of the “Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra” which explores the resonances of Colonialism in South Africa and the exploitation of the Earth in the context of the Heart Sutra. Her new book “Time to Stand Up, A Buddhist Manifesto for the Earth” is due in 2015.

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Theravada Buddhist monk from New York. He was ordained in Sri Lanka in 1972 and lived in Asia for almost twenty-five years. He now lives at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, including translations of three of the Nikayas,  the collected discourses of the Buddha. In 2008, he founded Buddhist Global Relief, which provides relief to people afflicted by chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2013 he became president of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS).


Wes Nisker Wes 'Scoop' Nisker is a teacher of Buddhist meditation, an author, radio commentator, and performer. His books include the underground classic Essential Crazy Wisdom; Buddha’s Nature; and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.” He is an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues internationally. Visit his website.

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