[Ecodharma] Treeleaf Ecosattva Training Meetings 2024

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  • Myojin
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    Originally posted by Doshin
    I understand

    This is the only course that a few of us decided to take and see if there was knowledge/actions we could bring back to the Sangha. Previous our focus was information sharing and book reviews.

    Several years ago I started a thread focused on what you could do personally. The intent was to share ideas. I shared one but I don’t think anyone else did so I abandoned the idea for lack of participation.

    Anyone can contribute to the EcoDharma Forum with ideas about what efforts can be made.

    What can each of us do? That is always welcome here. Personally my home home is solar run and I have a xeriscape. I try to reduce consumption, reuse and recycle. My wife and I challenge ourselves to only put the garbage cans out every other week and sometimes 3 weeks. I also have reduced my carbon footprint further by reducing my travel. I volunteer for conservation organizations and donate when I can to groups pursing environmental good I also communicate with my elected officials. We each can only do what we can but I think making the effort is a noble action. Of course Jundo has alternative ideas of what needs to be done

    Please, any more ideas share. We do not have a lot of activity in the EcoDharma Forum. Only a handful posts. Sometimes I have considered moving on from posting but then keep in mind that there are many readers and maybe a tibit of information will be of value

    Doshin
    Stlah
    Hi Doshin,

    It's not the easiest nut to crack, nor an easy thing to talk about given that most of us. Try as we can, do some sort of green activity, even if it's only recycling, composting our old vegetables or whatnot. I find that, even with these things, it's a drop in the ocean compared to the damage being done.

    The precept on non-stealing can be extended to imply not taking more than we need, non-killing implies refraining from wanton destruction, perhaps that's where a start must be made?

    I currently research on ways to improve agriculture and land use to facilitate carbon sequestration, taking CO2 out of the atmosphere and locking it up in the soil and biomass of forests, field and farmland. But still, compared to what industry puts into the atmosphere, it's a tiny proportion, sometimes I feel like Cnut trying to hold back the sea, if only to make the point that it can't be done.

    On the whole, we know what needs to be done, yet as a species, lack the will, we are lazy, we like things as they are.

    Many years ago it occurred to me that without considerable consciousness change, nothing would improve, and I turned to spirituality, nature based philosophy and the rest. In a way I suppose I view the Dharma as something akin to this; why should I look after nature? Why, because I am nature of course, looking after nature is exactly looking after my own life. Until people generally appreciate this fact, not as a nice theory, but as a practical, I doubt much can be done.

    Can the Dharma be a useful tool in spreading this? In the last 3000 years it's helped a few people among those billions, but that's small potatoes. I don't have an answer, and I don't think that one thing will tip the balance, but until people take it personally I can't see any largescale change occurring.

    Sorry for running long

    Myojin

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  • Doshin
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    I understand

    This is the only course that a few of us decided to take and see if there was knowledge/actions we could bring back to the Sangha. Previous our focus was information sharing and book reviews.

    Several years ago I started a thread focused on what you could do personally. The intent was to share ideas. I shared one but I don’t think anyone else did so I abandoned the idea for lack of participation.

    Anyone can contribute to the EcoDharma Forum with ideas about what efforts can be made.

    What can each of us do? That is always welcome here. Personally my home home is solar run and I have a xeriscape. I try to reduce consumption, reuse and recycle. My wife and I challenge ourselves to only put the garbage cans out every other week and sometimes 3 weeks. I also have reduced my carbon footprint further by reducing my travel. I volunteer for conservation organizations and donate when I can to groups pursing environmental good I also communicate with my elected officials. We each can only do what we can but I think making the effort is a noble action. Of course Jundo has alternative ideas of what needs to be done

    Please, any more ideas share. We do not have a lot of activity in the EcoDharma Forum. Only a handful posts. Sometimes I have considered moving on from posting but then keep in mind that there are many readers and maybe a tibit of information will be of value

    Doshin
    Stlah

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  • Myojin
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    Originally posted by Doshin
    Hi Myojin,

    The Monday meetings are not recorded. They are for discussion of the Lesson Modules from the Ecosattva course that several of us enrolled in. We had one meeting in January and none in February. We also attend a discussion session once a month put on by the course instructors. Our goal is to eventually post the high lights of the course in the Forum.From my perspective the modules I reviewed are focusing on building self resilience in the face of major environmental change. Hopefully Kokuu can add to my thoughts.

    I also just started another course of Practice to Action which looks at how to be active in helping environmental issues. I also plan to post a few summaries over the next month or so.

    Doshin
    Stlah
    Originally posted by Kokuu
    Hi Myojin

    Thank you for your interest. As Doshin says, the Monday meetings are specifically for discussion of a training course some of us are doing. We had hoped to take most of the members of this forum on that journey but it didn't work out that way with no blame to anyone. But, as a result we have not been tending to this corner of the website as much as we might otherwise have done.

    If there is something you would like to discuss here, please bring it up. Otherwise, Doshin and I are going to discuss other things we can do to breathe some life back into the place.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    Understood, I was working under a misapprehension there.

    I am quite interested in the Ecodharma idea, although I don't have the free time to apply for courses and things right now. I continue to study and practice as part of my life, without adding anything extra that would take up a regular block of time.

    I think you're probably aware of my background, I have a fairly serious interest in the topic, but I do find that science has a way of putting a barrier of facts and figures between me and nature, except on the rare occasions I get to go out and do field work. I have a serious itch to get back to the countryside, grow some vegetables, keep bees perhaps, but somehow I ended up in a city working in a university, and since this is where I am, this is the only place I can do anything.

    Anything that helps improve that connection to the natural world and also uses what I do to try to do some good in the world is a bonus. If we could find some way to promote the concept as part of the Treeleaf forum, in a way that doesn't require people to apply for a course of training, but instead can be part of our regular practice, would probably be helpful Maybe that's a discussion that would help breath life into things?

    Gassho
    Myojin

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  • Kokuu
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    Hi Myojin

    Thank you for your interest. As Doshin says, the Monday meetings are specifically for discussion of a training course some of us are doing. We had hoped to take most of the members of this forum on that journey but it didn't work out that way with no blame to anyone. But, as a result we have not been tending to this corner of the website as much as we might otherwise have done.

    If there is something you would like to discuss here, please bring it up. Otherwise, Doshin and I are going to discuss other things we can do to breathe some life back into the place.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-

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  • Doshin
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    Hi Myojin,

    The Monday meetings are not recorded. They are for discussion of the Lesson Modules from the Ecosattva course that several of us enrolled in. We had one meeting in January and none in February. We also attend a discussion session once a month put on by the course instructors. Our goal is to eventually post the high lights of the course in the Forum.From my perspective the modules I reviewed are focusing on building self resilience in the face of major environmental change. Hopefully Kokuu can add to my thoughts.

    I also just started another course of Practice to Action which looks at how to be active in helping environmental issues. I also plan to post a few summaries over the next month or so.

    Doshin
    Stlah

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  • Myojin
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    Hi Kokuu,

    Are there going to be recorded or is it more of a discussion group affair?

    2100 is a bit late for me on a Monday night, home life being hectic I have to fit my practice where I can, but I am interested in the topic and would like to get more familiar with the Eco-dharma group.

    Trying to find ways to be more involved; in a schedule based around the requirements of a young family, work, and sewing, it's not easy to fit it all in.

    Gassho

    Myojin

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  • Nengei
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    Originally posted by Kokuu
    Is everyone okay with that?

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    I am.

    Gassho,
    Nengei

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  • Kokuu
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    We can double up in March and stay on track
    Is everyone okay with that?

    Gassho
    Kokuu

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  • Doshin
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    We can double up in March and stay on track

    Doshin
    Stlah

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  • Kokuu
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    Hi Nengei

    Yes, I am fine with skipping this month or another option is moving the meeting until next Monday?

    My only concern about missing a month is that the final gathering will occur in September when we are mostly focussing on Ango.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-

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  • Nengei
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    Kokuu, I know Doshin is not available Monday, and I would not mind a little bit of break. I'm not sure about Washin and maybe he will chime in. I'm wondering if we should postpone this month? But I'm up for doing it if you want.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

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  • Kokuu
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    Hi Hoseki

    No worries. I hope you are doing a little (or a lot) better now. It is good to only take on what you can.

    At the moment we are somewhat undecided over the value of the training so will see how it pans out.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-

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  • Hoseki
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    Hi folks,

    I just wanted to apologize to everyone. I had planned to join you in the discussions and training and had committed to doing so. But around the holidays my mental health took a turn for the worse and I wasn't able to follow up on it. I don't think I could have taken this on. I've just been kind of getting by since then. I'm sorry.

    Gassho,

    Hoseki
    sattoday/lah

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  • Washin
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    Thank you, Kokuu.
    Looking foward to the meetings.

    Gassho
    Washin
    Sat/Lah

    Sent from my SM-A325F using Tapatalk

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  • Kokuu
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    Thanks for the correction, Nengei!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-

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