Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis
A series of online forums creating a safe space for honest, often difficult conversations about the climate emergency and related ecological, social and economic crises. Climate threats, biodiversity loss, threats to food and water supply, racial violence and injustice, deep economic inequality, war, refugees, homelessness, pandemics—these are all connected. This series has two aims: 1) To break through layers of denial and open to a more honest acceptance of the accelerating ecological breakdown, and 2) To present a variety of Buddhist, Indigenous, and other perspectives to inform and inspire wise, compassionate, action.
Maitripa College online offerings
(Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m; Yangsi Rinpoche of Maitripa College will leads online Dharma talk and discussion. Visit the Maitripa College website to register. Rinpoche continues his teaching and commentary on the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo.
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. – Vajrasattva practice. Register here.
DFF Video Library
Yangsi Rinpoche – The Six Perfections of a Bodhisattva, July 11, 2021.
Zhiwa Woodbury – Working with Climate Trauma on the Meditation Cushion. June 12, 2021
Joel Levey, Ph.D. Finding the Courage to Embrace the Climate Crisis with Wisdom and Compassion, May 22, 2021.
Kritee Kanko, Ph.D. The Dharma of Resistance, April 24, 2021.
Fern Naomi Renville (Dakota) and Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam), Changer and the Star People. March 28, 2021.
Yangsi Rinpoche – Zoom Teaching: Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis, February 28, 2021
Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on February 9, 2020
Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on January 12, 2020
Yangsi Rinpoche in Bellevue, Washington on December 8, 2019.
Yangsi Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 2019.
Yangsi Rinpoche on April 7, 2019 in Seattle, WA
Venerable Thubten Chodron on March 14, 2019 in Kirkland, WA
Yangsi Rinpoche on 2/3/2019 in Seattle, WA
Yangsi Rinpoche on 12/9/2018 in Bellevue, WA.
Venerable Thubten Chodron on 11/19/2018 in Kirkland WA:
Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 20, 2018 (morning session) in Seattle Washington:
Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 20, 2018 (afternoon session) in Seattle Washington:
Venerable Thubten Chodron on October 19, 2018 in Seattle Washington:
Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 14, 2018:
Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche in Seattle, Washington on October 14, 2018 (morning):
Feb. 15, 2018. Venerable Robina Courtin – Responding With Wisdom, Buddhist Reflections for Difficult Times (YouTube)
February 4, 2018. Yangsi Rinpoche. Teachings on Emptiness. (Visit our Audio file – Resources page to listen).
On December 5, 2017, Yangsi Rinpoche gave a teaching on how to respond skillfully to the current negativity in the U.S. political climate, as well as adverse events in general. One of his students wrote this blog summarizing his comments and the thoughts of community members. Click here to read. Audio file: Click here.
Green Tara retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche. March 18-19, 2017. DFFers gathered at the home of Steve and Pam on the eastside and completed two days of auspicious Dharma retreat practice with Rinpoche. May the merits from this blessed practice radiate out in all directions and immediately remove obstacles to enlightenment for infinite sentient beings! Check out the photos below: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.
Thank you Jan Willis, and to everyone who came to Kane Hall on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, for her inspiring talk on “Dharma and Activism”. Watch the video on YouTube.
Wisdom in Action. Buddhism and Social Engagement, with Venerable Robina Courtin
For those who missed this event (October 15, 2015 at Seattle Public Library) here are the videos: Note that it may take some time for your computer to download the file before it will play without interruption.
Venerable Thubten Chodron
December 4, 2015. Scientists and spiritual leaders both agree that our world is profoundly interconnected. The well-being of every individual, and the environment as a whole are all interdependent. How do we create and sustain spiritual community? Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess, author, and Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years, will share stories and insights on this topic in an evening talk you won’t want to miss. This program is offered free of charge. There will be a donation basket for those who wish to support these teachings. View/listen to this teaching on YouTube.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015
View/Listen to Geshe Jinpa’s talk at UW based on his new book: A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives: You Tube
Speaking generally, Buddha taught two wings of awakening – wisdom and compassion. While the wisdom aspect, embodied by the practice of mindfulness, has been enthusiastically adopted in the west by the clinical health professions, and corporate leadership training programs alike, compassion has been relegated to a lesser role, perceived as too religious, too emotional, and possibly a sign of weakness in our hyper competitive culture.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, through engaging stories, humor, scientific data, and offering personal reflections, inspired a capacity crowd of 400 at Kane Hall to confront our cultural biases towards compassion, and to consider that the first person to benefit through the practice of compassion is oneself.
Thank you to our precious teacher, Yangsi Rinpoche, for inviting Geshe Jinpa and physically bringing him to Seattle, caring for every detail of his itinerary and bringing the exquisitely beautiful Chenresig thangka. Thank you to Lauren Updyke and Margaret Murray of Whole U for answering and sending hundreds of emails and texts as we worked out the many interdependent aspects of the venue setup, and schedule. Thank you to Pam Cowan for loaning the beautiful furniture for the stage.
Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Bonnie Duran of UW for organizing the reception for faculty and local Dharma practitioners. And thank you to everyone who helped in countless other ways, and who came and listened and are now working on attaining realizations. May our practice of compassion alleviate the sufferings of infinite beings who transmigrate endlessly through the realms of samsara. May all these beings quickly awaken and be freed. Look for the video link to Geshe Jinpa’s teaching in our next e-blast.
If you didn’t get a chance to purchase Geshe Jinpa’s book, you can do so here. There were still a few autographed copies at UW Bookstore earlier today, but likely going fast. Hope to see you at the 5 week study group on Compassion beginning next Tuesday evening (see below)