The Ecosattvas is an environmental awareness and education group composed of both residential and nonresidential SFZC sangha members. The City Center branch of the Ecosattvas is dedicated to improving our ecoliteracy, as well as that of our neighbors and friends. Ecoliteracy can be understood as the awareness of the natural world, and how we humans interact with, and within, the natural world. We aim to educate ourselves and our community through invited speakers and discussion events, films, and other formats as necessary. Please join us as we expand our horizons and learn about the Earth and environmental issues, together. Ecosattva events will be posted on the calendar page of the City Center website. Upcoming Public Events 2014
Everyone is welcome and invited to Ecosattvas events.More events will be scheduled soon. Watch this space!
Friday, October 24, 7:30 pm
City Center Dining Room Speaker: Thanissara
Thanissara will offer a poetry reading from her new book, Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra
, followed by a talk about the climate emergency. About the Book
"This poem weaves together contrasting themes; that of our deepest heart, which feels the intimacy of all things, and the walls the mind constructs, which separates all things. This paradox is contextualized by the Heart Sutra with its revelation of a seamless world, and the Bitter Almond Hedge, planted around Cape Town by early European Settlers in their attempt to keep Africa out...." [Read full description here on amazon.com
, a dharma teacher and activist, was trained in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She is co-founder of Dharmagiri, on the border of Lesotho and South Africa, and Chattanooga Insight. She has taught meditation retreats for 25 years, and has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice. Thanissara is author of Garden of the Midnight Rosary
and The Heart of the Bitter Almond Sutra
, and she is writing Time To Stand Up
, a book on Buddhism and climate action, due to be out next year.