From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

with Acharya Martin Janowitz

June 9th—June 10th

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  • $108 Sustaining
  • $150 Sponsor
  • $50 Student
Room: not specified

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From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

Creating Enlightened Society is not philosophy. We live in a time when uncertainty, menace, and perhaps defenselessness are vivid sensations in our world, affecting us, others, and our environment near and far. These are not abstract threats. They provoke all manner of emotional reactions – fear, anger, pain, and resentment among them.

 As Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche proclaimed decades ago:

"We've got to do something.  As we read in the newspapers and see on television, the world is deteriorating, one thing after the other, every hour, every minute, and nobody is helping very much.  Your help doesn't have to be a big deal.  To begin with, just work with your friends and work with yourself at the same time.  It is about time that we became responsible for this world.  It will pay for itself."

What can we do as practitioners to be a force for peace, safety and compassion?

This Friday night and Saturday program will be a hands on workshop. It will include attention to View, the underlying principles within our Shambhala tradition of Enlightened Society; it will include Practice, guided meditation and a field trip - a practice experience - to at a site yet to be determined; and it will encourage Action, exploring how Shambhala teachings on kindness, courage and wakefulness might be applied in active engagement with community service, activism and just plain life.

Schedule: Friday 7:00-9:00pm; Saturday  9:00-5:30pm

Acharya Marty Janowitz is a senior teacher within the Shambhala lineage. Since encountering Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after his arrival in North America in 1970, Marty studied, served and ultimately taught under Trungpa Rinpoche’s guidance and now continues under the auspices of his son and lineage heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 1997 the Sakyong appointed Marty as Warrior General of Shambhala and charged him with advancing Shambhala’s commitment to the realization of enlightened society — human communities that at their core express the heart of goodness in action.

Much of Marty’s current teaching focuses on the potential to realize 'goodness in action' through the inextricable connection between the paths of personal and societal transformation. Inspired by that vision Marty has long been dedicated to integrating these paths through what he describes as “sacred activism,” with particular interest in environmental and social change.

Marty is Chair of the Nova Scotia Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity, is active in Buddhist climate change campaigns and other sustainability initiatives, and is a trustee of Naropa University. He is the leader of the international sustainability, sustainable infrastructure and social responsibility consulting practices at Stantec Consulting.