This challenge will be practice intensive for those who want to apply their understanding of Bodhicitta with daily practice. We welcome new students who are looking to learn about environmentalism and how to apply it to their Buddhist path, as well as experienced students who have insights to share.
The main topic for the challenge will be Buddhist environmentalism. The Bodhisattva vows to help all sentient beings end suffering and reach enlightenment. In order to truly help sentient beings it is through skilful means that a Bodhisattva includes the environment as part of the equation.
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, “The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise . . . then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish.”
We will have weekly readings, group discussions and Dharma Facilitator led Sunday Dharma talks. We welcome new students who are looking to learn about environmentalism how to apply it to their Buddhist path, and experienced students who have insights to share. Weekly topics will come from the book Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism.
- Reverence for Life
- Nature as Teacher or Refuge
- The Nature of Nature
- Contemporary Interpretations of the Teachings
- Globalization, Population, and Development
- Buddhist Countries in Environmental Trouble
- Foundations of Activism
- Defending Sentient Beings
- Home Practice, Wild Practice
- Choosing What to Eat
- Challenges in Buddhist Thought and Action
Sunday Dharma Talks beginning January 5th
Kick off party for the 108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge is January 5, 2020 during the Sunday Service. Each week kicks off a new topic with a Sunday Dharma talk given by Lama Matt and the other Dharma Facilitators. Dharma Talks will be uploaded to the Rime Center’s Podcast each Monday. Participants are then encouraged to read the topic from the book.
Thursday Online Discussions beginning March 19th
Participants will meet on Wednesdays at 7:45 pm to discuss the week’s topic. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion about the practice that will include actions that can be applied to daily life/practice. Discussions will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube each Friday.