SACRED ECOLOGY explores the natural world as an access point to the sacred, and poses some urgent philosophical and existential questions, including: How do we see “ourselves” amongst the wider family of earth’s inhabitants? Do our most serious environmental problems perhaps stem from our very concept, or understanding of “self”? Our word “ecology” stems from the Greek “oikos,” or home. Yet, given our human responsibility for the number of animal species that are declining at alarming rates we must ask if our human notions of “ecology” or of “the sacred” are actually blind to nature’s fundamental laws and truths?

To address these and other questions, SACRED ECOLOGY presents two extraordinary human beings from different religious traditions: eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology meets for the first time, Dr. Michael Tobias, a global ecologist, anthropologist, historian, author and practicing Jain. Join them, along with our host Phil Cousineau for a unique, far-reaching and timely conversation.

 

17 thoughts on “Sacred Ecology

  1. I enjoy these type of discussions- they make you think about life and are helping to direct us toward a better future.

  2. Good enough to hold your interest but more in the spirit of “warm fuzzies” than analysis.

  3. We need this positive presence that you bring to this venue. I was impressed with both Joanna Macy’s and Michael Tobias’ broad overviews combined with specific down-to-earth solutions within a compassionate framework. Hopefully their influence, with the voices of other courageous visionaries speaking out, will slow down and possibly reverse the destruction of sentient beings and our environment.

  4. A question I hold in my heart these days: How can we best prepare ourselves, psychologically and spiritually, to be of service as climate disruption devastates our life support systems and our economies and social institutions collapse?

    • What has come to me in meditation is “be still.” Do you remember the Rudyard Kipling poem “If’? It begins, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…”

      The Buddhists call this “keeping your seat.” Visualize the Zen monks in the tea house calmly sipping their tea all through the earthquake that has everyone else diving for cover.

      To be the eye of the storm, the stator in an electric motor, around which all the chaos and energy is formed into a circle, is a very powerful act. Fear is contagious, but so it serenity. Others will notice and calm down. This requires much courage, but should give you an idea of any work you need to do on your spiritual path in order to be able to achieve this — if you find my comment is valid. Personally, I find it a good benchmark to let me know how I am doing on my path.

  5. If we wait for the consequences of the climate crisis to become bad enough to trigger a critical mass of people shifting to a consciousness that is more in harmony with the rest of the natural world, it will quite likely be too late (for most definitions of “too late”).

    What sorts of events do you think a group or network of human beings could put on that would have a good chance of tipping us into have such a critical mass?

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