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Buddha Touches The Earth: Engaged Buddhism, subtle activism

Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 17 February 2017 - Sunday 19 February 2017

tsunma-tsondruDoing the work that reconnects us to our true nature, to one another, and to the earth

Engaged Buddhism. Subtle Activism: these help us to reconnect ourselves to our true nature, to one another, and to the Earth.  Joanna Macy’s ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as her powerful methodology for its application, address the psychological and spiritual issues of the modern age, including the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Practices drawing from systems science, deep ecology and Buddhism can awaken in us the interconnectedness - of inter-being. Practising like this, we will explore the ways the Dharma can awaken us to peace, the creation of community with others, and an engaged care for the Earth.

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Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three and a half years closed retreat, followed by a second closed retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and is now its Executive Director. She spent a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with the “Work That Connects”, and has offered the first “Work That Connects” workshops in Cape Town. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.