ecodharma articles

The ideas conveyed in these articles may not reflect those held by members of the collective responsible for the Eco Dharma centre, or even (given the nature of the creative and investigative mind) those of the authors themselves! Idea, thoughts, words… can help us stay rooted in the worlds that precede words, and they can help us to open up into worlds that surpass words – but only if we learn to hold ideas lightly. Methodologies of liberation – spiritual and social – evade ideology. What we believe can imprison us, while the world eludes us to become itself again. So: "With reverence for reality we offer ideas: ideas that today are fresh and sweetly blooming; ideas that tomorrow are faded and fallen."

connect empower liberate 3 of 3

The third of three talks in the series connect.empower.liberate, delivered at the Buddhafield event – Green Earth Awakening in July 2014. Guhyapati explores the interface between Dharma, Social Engagement and Ecology.

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4 September 2014

connect empower liberate 2 of 3

The second of three talks in the series connect.empower.liberate, delivered at the Buddhafield event – Green Earth Awakening in July 2014. Guhyapati explores the interface between Dharma, Social Engagement and Ecology.

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4 September 2014

connect empower liberate 1 of 3

The first of three talks in the series connect.empower.liberate, delivered at the Buddhafield event – Green Earth Awakening in July 2014. Guhyapati explores the interface between Dharma, Social Engagement and Ecology.

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4 September 2014

"Consume less, share more": Giving Radically

Buddhist practice offers a fundamental challenge to core aspects of modern economics. From a Buddhist perspective a system which is concerned solely with productivity, and then only as a gross term of valueless consumption and a multiplication of wants, does terrible damage to basic human nature. And not only human nature. This short article which appeared in Indra’s Net, a publication of the Network of Engaged Buddhists, is a short re-work of a longer article by The Class War Dakinis “Do Dakini’s Wage Class War?”

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4 March 2009

Do Dakinis Wage Class War? Buddhist Economics and Earth Democracy

The current economic system of predatory globalised capitalism is one of the most powerful human generated forces influencing our social relationships, shaping our environment, and conditioning our consciousness. If we are concerned about the transformation of the self and the world, we best pay it some serious attention.

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4 March 2009

EcoDharma: Solidarity With Life

In this short text from a talk given at the international convention of the Western Buddhist Order in 2007, Guhyapati champions a dharma rooted in the complexities of our present historical moment, challenging institutionalised greed and hatred; a dharma that stands in courageous and compassionate defence of the earth, standing in solidarity with life.

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29 March 2008

Deep Ecology - Radical Dharma

Drawing upon points of intersection between the Buddhist Dharma and the Deep Ecology movement, Guhyapati questions the assumptions of the dominant western world view – its commitment to progress and economic growth. Calling for a dharmic approach that resists the dualistic traps separating the sacred and the everyday, the spiritual and the material, he suggests that we need to rediscover our embeddedness in nature, celebrate our rootedness in the mineral and organic, and shake off anthropocentrism.

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29 March 2008