31 May 2019
1 June 2019
2 June 2019
Please refer to the following for the correct sessions time on each day
Free public talk: Personal and Social Transformation in Critical Times
Friday 31st May 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Buddhist Library. Dana (donation) at door or on registration
Climate breakdown, species extinction, a dysfunctional political and economic system with a growing gap between rich and poor — what does that have to do with Buddhism? The mercy of the West has been social revolution. The mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both. (Gary Snyder).
David will explore how the Buddhist tradition can bring these two types of transformation together in a new model of activism connecting inner and outer practice.
Workshop 1: Mind the Gap: Spiritual Teachings on Nonduality.
Saturday 1st June 10am – 4.30pm, Buddhist Library
Nonduality is a common theme in spiritual teaching, but what does it mean? The workshop will explore different types of nonduality (form/emptiness, samsara/nirvana, practice/enlightenment, subject/object..) and their importance for the spiritual path. The main focus will be on self and other, since this is the source of our most problematic dukkha (“suffering”).
Workshop 2: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution and Ethics in the Modern World
Sunday 2nd June 9.30am – 4pm, Buddhist Library, Camperdown
Our civilization offers enormous possibilities and unprecedented perils. How can we deal with the deeply-rooted ecological, economic, and social crises that modernity creates but cannot resolve?
Buddhism offers a way, but faces many challenges. Can we transcend this world, or is the Buddhist path a program of psychological growth and healing? Can scientific worldviews be reconciled with Buddhist teachings, and what do these tell us about our role in the cosmos? The meeting of Buddhism and modernity leads to a new way of understanding the Buddhist path – faithful to the traditions but also compatible with the contemporary world.
Costs: public talk free, workshops $120 each ($80 concesssion), $200/$160 for both, plus dana.
US based David Loy (davidloy.org) is coming to Sydney in May/June 2019 to offer a public talk and two workshops. Academic, writer and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition, David is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. He applies Buddhist insight to societal and institutional problems, developing a modern Buddhist way of engaging with our collective suffering.
Dana: registration covers the costs of the venue and travel. In keeping with the 2,500 year old Buddhist tradition, David’s time and teaching is supported by dana – generosity – from those who attend.
David’s visit to Sydney is organised by Sydney Insight Meditators with the Buddhist Council of NSW and The Contemplary, Melbourne.
Enquires: Gawaine Powell Davies, email@example.com / 0425-237141