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Buddhist Action Month: Shared Lunch and Public Talk from Elaine Weatherley – Jones
Sat 8th Jun : 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
We are stardust, we are golden . . . And we got to get ourselves back to the garden
1 pm: Optional shared lunch. Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
2.30: Talk from Elaine – A Buddhist perspective on climate change discussions
Everyone welcome. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.
Elaine will focus on three main areas:
• System change: stopping the things we don’t want – taking part in actions: Elaine will discuss how she has used Buddhist and non-violent communication principles whilst she has been involved in Extinction Rebellion, also reflecting on the effectiveness of protests
• Building what we do want within our communities: How we might build communities based on the values and qualities needed for compassionate resilience, and how we might recognise our own collective sphere of concern and influence
• Inner practices – recognising our personal resistance to knowledge and acknowledging our grief and anger: Elaine will lead us in a series of practice and enquiry reflections to help us to turn towards what is difficult, whilst cultivating loving kindness
Elaine has been practising Buddhism within the Triratna Buddhist Community since 2000. In 2008, she qualified as a teacher of mindfulness-based interventions, having trained principally with Breathworks and subsequently with Bangor and Oxford Universities. She has also been a university researcher, in a team examining the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness practice for the prevention of recurrence of depression.
Having run mindfulness courses for the general public since 2011, she’s focussed on groups of people involved in climate activism from 2017. This supports people wanting to take positive and non-violent action to create a sustainable environment and society for all beings.• Buddhist Action Month is an annual festival of Buddhist social action