An Eco-Dharma Workshop/Retreat

Columbine Inn, Taos Ski Valley
with teacher David Loy
September 7th - 9th

These are challenging times. Problems such as global climate change, the proliferation of dangerous chemicals, and species extinction continue to worsen. In the face of these challenges, many of us are experiencing confusion, weariness and frustration, sometimes with a loss of purpose, apathy or even despair. The truth of dukkha (stress, suffering) is hard to miss. But we have our path. By developing wisdom and connecting with each other and the natural world, we can see more deeply, support ourselves more sustainably, and tap into new sources of energy and inspiration.

This unique Eco-Dharma workshop/retreat format encourages exploration of the ways that spiritual practice in nature can nourish an ecological and social consciousness based on caring, wisdom and compassion rather than on anxiety and anger. This 2 and a half day workshop/retreat is not a forum for policy discussion. It is a deeply personal exploration of what is meaningful and nourishing in your life. We will dive into the issues that we face daily: how Dharma relates to our individual selves, to society, and to the ecological, social, and individual emergencies on our beloved planet. We hope to strengthen our connection with spirit and nature while developing tools to face these issues with compassion and wisdom. There will be some periods of meditation both indoors and outdoors, but the focus will be on exploring together the ecological implications of the Dharma.

David Loy writes: “Does Buddhism provide any special insight into the ecological challenge? Do its teachings imply a different way of understanding the biosphere, and our relationship to it, which can really help us at this critical time in history, when we are doing so much to destroy it? And what does the ecological crisis imply about how we have been understanding and practicing Buddhism?

TEACHER
David R. Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major Buddhist journals, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web.

David lectures nationally and internationally, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. He also leads meditation retreats. (To find out more about David Loy and his forthcoming events, see his website: www.davidloy.org)

RETREAT FACILITY
The Columbine Inn, in Taos Ski Valley, is a comfortable and super clean timber-frame lodge situated among tall pines at 9200 feet elevation in northern New Mexico’s beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains. The bustling Rio Hondo flows just across the way and big horn sheep can be seen at times. The Mountain Hermitage will have exclusive use of the Columbine Inn during the period of this retreat, enabling us to provide the privacy, quiet, and sense of harmony most conducive to enabling a deep connection with Nature and Self.

There is a lovely meditation hall, indoor and outdoor walking/hiking areas, and full dining room. All of the rooms at the Columbine Inn include a private toilet, tub/shower and mini fridge. Many of the rooms are spacious enough to allow for sitting and walking meditation for those wishing to practice in a more secluded setting. Retreatants paying at full cost or above will have their own single room and bathroom, while those receiving scholarships or paying at the low end of the scale may possibly be assigned to share a large double room. Bedding, towels, and hair dryer are also provided in each room.

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