• Location: Dharma College
  • 2222 Harold Way
  • Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Apr 16 2024
recurring event

The Pattern that Connects; Becoming Indigenous to a Place


Are we on the brink of ecological disaster? Climate disruption is accelerating. Social cohesion is frayed. There is hope and opportunity to restore our planet, “a great turning,” but we may also have to go through “a great unravelling.”

Buddhist Contemplative practice, western Philosophy, Science and Literature, and the wisdom of Indigenous people will inform our inquiry into how we and the whole web of life on Earth can live and prosper into the far future.

Our learning objective is to engage environmental crisis through Contemplative Ecology, including meditative and contemplative practices and exercises from Tarthang Tulku. We will explore Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, Epistemology, Systems and Complexity theory, the Wisdom of Plants, Indigenous ritual, Buddhist Philosophy and Western Phenomenology.


Classes meet online for six weeks, 1.5 hours a week. Classes are recorded and accessible for six months. Each week features short presentations, experiential exercises, and discussion.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction to Deep Ecology Week 2: The Ecosystem Week 3: Contemplative EcologyWeek 4: Embodied KnowingWeek 5: The Pattern that Connects.Week 6: Becoming Indigenous to a Place

Readings From

Caring (Tarthang Tulku)

Gesture of Great Love (Tarthang Tulku)

Gesture of Great Love (Tarthang Tulku)

The Practice of the Wild (Gary Snyder)

Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology (Gregory Bateson)

World as Lover, World as Self: 30th Anniversary Edition: Courage for Global Justice and Planetary Renewal (Joanna Macy, Stephanie Kaza, et al.)

Braiding Sweetgrass (Robin Wall Kimmerer)

The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson and Eleanor Roche)

Notes on Complexity: A Scientific Theory of Connection, Consciousness, and Being (Neil Theise)

Lotus Mind (Tarthang Tulku)

Keys of Knowledge (Tarthang Tulku)

Buddhist Steps to an Ecology of Mind (Bill Waldron)

Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Tuesday, April 16
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