Monday, September 20, 2010

Awakening the Dreamer: a brief review

This past weekend, I participated in a wonderful symposium at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn: "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream." The event kicked off our Sangha's own Earth Initiative, more of which I'll have an opportunity to write about in future posts. The symposium was put together by the Pachamama Alliance, an environmental organization well worth becoming familiar with. The video presentation and supporting materials were extremely well done.

The mission of the Awakening the Dreamer is cogently and succinctly expressed on their website:

Our mission is bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Planet Earth.

Particularly impressive is the concerted effort made to unite the "deep ecology" and "social ecology" (or social/environmental justice) wings of the environmental movement. This is really not an environmental movement, but an Earth movement, and thus all inclusive.

How can there be a clean and sustainable environment without social and economic justice? And, how can their be social and economic just without a clean and sustainable environment? All things are connected.

In terms of content, there wasn't much that was new to me personally, but it was nicely presented and well-organized. It makes for a great presentation for any forward-minded group that is concerned with the state of our world.

Visit the Awakening the Dreamer website to learn more about the symposium.

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