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The Dharma Center and Community Solutions will be offering "eco-sattva" training beginning Thursday, Jan. 12. The training guides reflection and action in response to climate change. (News archive photo by Matt Minde)

The Dharma Center and Community Solutions will be offering "eco-sattva" training beginning Thursday, Jan. 12. The training guides reflection and action in response to climate change. (News archive photo by Matt Minde)

Train to be an ‘eco-sattva’

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The Dharma Center and Community Solutions are partnering to offer “eco-sattva” training, a course the brings Buddhist perspectives to one of the most pressing problems of our time: climate change. 

An “eco-sattva” — a blend of “ecology” and “bodhisattva” — is a planetary protector, a person dedicated to the well-being of all life in the face of environmental harm. The new training is a local version of a course developed by One Earth Sangha, a Buddhist organization addressing climate change. It will run for six Thursdays, from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16, and will be free to participants, though “dana,” or donations, are welcome. Held at the Dharma Center, the course consists of online presentations, discussion and meditation in an effort to increase wisdom and compassion around environmental problems — and motivate meaningful, mindful change. It will be facilitated by villagers MJ Gentile, Dione Greenberg and Saul Greenberg.

This is the first time the Dharma Center and Community Solutions have formally collaborated. They are doing so out of the shared recognition that climate change is both a practical problem and a spiritual challenge. The course emphasizes reflection, action and the necessary dialectic between the two.

Read more about the training in the Dec. 5 issue of the News.

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Train to be an ‘eco-sattva’

by Audrey Hackett