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The Middle Way: Climate Change & the Sacred Economy
Charles Eisenstein, Colin Beavan, Lou Leonard, Sebene Selassie
Fee by donation; no pre-registration required
Doors open at 6:30pm

July 22, 2016
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

In cooperation with the New York Buddhist Climate Action Network (NYBCAN), please join us for an evening discussion with thought leaders Charles Eisenstein, Lou Leonard and Colin Beavan, moderated by NYI Teacher Sebene Selassie. 

While we are always living in times of uncertainty, the current state of the human endeavor holds wildly varied possibilities for rejuvenation or peril. The imperatives of a financial construct based on a model of infinite growth are coming up against the very real constraints offered by a finite planet. Interestingly, at the same time as we are seeing heightened political tensions and violence, we are also seeing an out-pouring of compassion and organization to steer the human ship toward a more loving and sustainable way.

This discussion will explore the teachings of The Middle Way, our current growth oriented economic structure and that structure's effect on our spiritual and physical environment. 

This evening kicks off weekend events in partnership with NY BCAN, including a daylong seminar with Charles Eisenstein on Saturday and culminating in the March for a Clean Energy Solution in Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $20 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

 

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Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

colin beavan

Colin Beavan Colin Beavan (aka No Impact Man) is among the world’s best known spokespeople on environmental issues, consumerism and human quality of life. Colin is the executive director of the No Impact Project, the author of the book and the subject of the documentary No Impact Man, a 350.org “Messenger,” a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen, and a board member of Transportation Alternatives. Colin’s writing, speaking, consulting and activism have encouraged tens of thousands of people to examine their lives to discover what’s really important to them. The resulting “transformative adjustments” that people make allow them to live more in line with their true values and aspirations, both for their own lives and the world. It is Colin’s mission to wake people up, on an individual and collective level, to ways of life and doing business that are healthier and happier for individuals, for our society, and for our world.

lou leonard

Lou Leonard Lou is a life-long environmentalist who has worked to advance laws, policies and practices that promote justice, care for the Earth and the people and communities who call it home. He now serves as Senior Vice President at World Wildlife Fund. Lou discovered the dharma as part of his search for balance and support in the face of the difficult emotions he felt in his work bearing witness to the climate crisis and promoting social change. Together with Kristin Barker, Lou co-founded One Earth Sangha, a virtual community dedicated to supporting teachers, individuals and communities in facing the ecological crisis through practices, gatherings and wise actions which are informed by modern applications of Buddhist wisdom traditions. It seeks to build awareness of the key connections between caring for ourselves and our Earth and awakening to related challenges of social and racial justice.

sebene selassie

Sebene Selassie Sebene Selassie is a meditation teacher and certified Integral Coach®. She has been studying Buddhism since majoring in Comparative Religious Studies as an undergrad at McGill University. For over 20 years she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not–for–profits. Her work has taken her everywhere from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa. She aspires for her practice and teaching to be authentic, relational, pragmatic, and joyful.

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