September 14, 2017—September 17, 2017
Colin Beavan and Lama Willa Miller: Fierce Compassion: Where Activism Meets Spirituality
Limited number of scholarships available for healthcare workers and educators from the Angell Foundation.
We all know about accelerating climate change, endemic racism and other dire global news. Should we have hope? Should we be in despair? What, in fact, should we do? How can we respond in ways that make us feel we are taking care of ourselves while actually helping the world? In this workshop on spiritual activism, authors and Buddhist teachers Colin Beavan (AKA No Impact Man) and Lama Willa Miller guide participants in developing spiritual tools for facing the problems in the world and the arising emotions squarely while finding activist tools to help contribute to solutions.
Through the introduction of focussed contemplative practices, participants will strengthen their ability to be in the presence of their strong emotions and come to a place of perceiving the world’s suffering without being knocked out of their seats. From this grounded place, through group discussion and self-exploration, participants will refine their own paths to engaging meaningfully with those world problems to help bring about solutions. The workshop will be especially helpful for activists looking for spiritual tools, spiritual people looking for activist tools, or anyone who wants to participate in an engaged spirituality.
Colin Beavan, PhD attracted international attention for his year-long lifestyle-redesign project and the wildly popular book and film, No Impact Man. He is a coach and consultant, ran for the US House of Representatives in 2012, is the founder of the No Impact Project, a board member of Transportation Alternatives, an advisory council member of 350.org, a guest professor at Sarah Lawrence College and a senior dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He is the author, most recently, of How to Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World.
Lama Willa Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She is an authorized dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She is editor, author and translator of three books: The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You, and Essence of Ambrosia. She is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Learn more at http://www.naturaldharma.org.
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