The following email came to me from the Northwest Dharma Association. It’s an example of how powerful a Buddhist organization can be when it comes together with a profound intention to work towards global climate justice. Other Buddhist organizations could benefit from their example as a model for building a regional coalition to engage in this work.
|Supporting Buddhist Teachings, Practice,
and Community in the Pacific Northwest
|Earth Day Seminar at Seattle Betsuin
To be a Buddhist is to be an ecologist and a conservationist. The principles of ecological thinking and behavior are in harmony; living in a mindful manner with respect to all life and the planet is basic to Buddhism.
On April 20, about 75 people gathered for an all-day seminar at Seattle’s oldest Buddhist temple, the Seattle Betsuin.
Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, Professor Jason Wirth, and Rev. Donald Castro spoke about being “In Touch with the Earth” and their “History, Vision and Hope for the Future.”
NWDA’s George Draffan helped facilitate the discussion, and compiled a list of EcoSangha resources which are available online here.
|You’re Invited To Help Shape the Future of the Northwest Dharma Association. We Need Your Input!
We’ve been gathering around tables in temples and homes and offices to build community among Buddhist traditions, and among Buddhist-inspired scientists, health care professionals, teachers, social activists, and artists.
We’re held several meetings in Seattle, and we need the whole region’s participation. We especially invite sanghas and groups outside of Seattle to consider hosting a conversation. NWDA can help with outreach, planning, and facilitation. Video conferencing is also a possibility.
To participate in or to host a meeting, contact Tim Tapping or George Draffan.
Below are the next several meetings:
Health and Well-Being
Saturday June 8
12:00 to 2:00pm
Hosted by Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, 501 South Jackson St #20 Seattle
A roundtable discussion exploring how Buddhist practices are supporting health and well-being. Health professionals are especially welcome: psychotherapists, social workers, recovery counselors, and others using Buddhist-inspired mindfulness and compassion protocols. If you’d like to participate, please email George Draffan.
Planning the Association’s Future
(Date, time & Location TBA Announced)
The Northwest Dharma Association has a vital role to play as Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired practices take root in modern society. NWDA seeks visionaries, leaders, and strategic planners who can carry us forward into a sustainable future.