Sacred Earth Sangha
Second Monday of the month | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please join us for an evening of teaching, meditation, and discussion as we create a community around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis.
In her recent manifesto, Declare Climate Emergency Now, teacher Thanissara offers some guiding principles around this work for our consideration:
With climate breakdown, we determine to shake off the spell of individualism and fabricated division. Instead, we work together to create new ways of being on this Earth that are collaborative, mutually supportive, empathetic, and authentic. Together, we can take courage and move through the fear of speaking out, of breaking rank, and of being disparaged. We speak up and out. We encourage ourselves and others to be mindful of our personal and communal carbon use. Together we commit to becoming more conscious. Together we are powerful.
With love for our beautiful planet, through deep reflection and direct action, let us work together to take courage, move through the fear, and respond consciously to this existential threat.
All are welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.
Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15
December 9th: Lin Gordon and Jon Aaron – Topic: Air
This month we will explore the element of air. Air is the element of breath, of life. The Air Element is represented by the sky, wind, birds, and mountaintops, and is associated with the mind, the intellect, communication, creativity, imagination, divination and travel. It is ever-present yet invisible to us.
Of air-oriented animals, none ARE more prevalent than birds. Yet the NY Times published an article “Birds are Vanishing from North America” in September – where it stated that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century.
We will invite our sangha member, Stephen Roylance, to share his heartfelt presentation on the impact of human activities on birds. This presentation was first shared at the NY Insight’s A Buddhist Response to Global Warming Summit in September. Stephen has been birding since he was 10 and has since birded around the North and South America. He has witnessed birding migration patterns changing due to climate change. He first confronted the tragic relationship between birds and the destruction of the environment with the extinction of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow in 1987. Since then, he’s seen a decline of too many bird species. His personal experience in seeing this decline has led him to get in touch with the very real grief we all experience when we understand what climate crisis means for our planet. This grief, he believes, is the touchstone to action, but only if we allow ourselves to access it.
Through the lens of the birds, we explore our grief and interconnections, and tap into our collective imagination and creativity as we face the consequences of climate crisis.