A Call to Engaged Social Action to Address the Climate Crisis - A series of four talks and presentations Dates: 2 – 23 May, 2019 on Thursdays 6:30PM – 9:00PM Location: The Sydney Zen Centre
The Sydney Zen Centre will facilitate a series of 4 evening talks and presentations on Thursday nights from 6.30 - 9pm from 2nd - 23rd May, focusing on an engaged Buddhist response to Climate Change. The aim of these 4 evenings is to; hear an update on the latest scientific information about climate change, discus and focus on solutions and draw together and share the sangha’s active involvement in addressing climate change. We will explore how our Zen practice offers inner transformation and healing as well as providing resilience, clarity and strength in the face of change and difficult times. Zen teachers Subhana Barzaghi and Gillian Coote will facilitate a series of 4 evenings. The program will cover; video presentations, discussion forums, guest speakers and experts in the field, as well as an opportunity to share the diversity of local responses that our sangha is already actively involved in.
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The Pope’s 2015 ground-breaking encyclical about the current ecological crisis, Laudato Si’, sought a wide readership both inside and outside the Catholic Church. Not only has it succeeded in this endeavour, it has received strong praise from influential commentators from many diverse backgrounds. For instance, Robert Manne – one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals and a secular Jew – calls it ‘one of the most important documents of our era’.
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