Contemplative Ecologies 14

Happy first of June! This week, I was driving from L.A. to Seattle, so all five of my top posts are podcasts I listened to along the way. They include: a beautiful Dharma talk on Eros (love) and environmental activism, a playful dialogue about Dark Ecology, a lecture on ecodharma, an interview with the author of The Patterning Instinct, and a discussion on Robert Keagan’s stages of development and Buddhism. Hope you enjoy!

1. This four-part Dharma talk, called An Ecology of Love, given by Rob Burbea at Gaia House, is one of the best dharma talks I’ve listened to in a while. It highlights the relationship between Eros and our love for the Earth. Rob explores how the erotic dimension of experience relates to the imaginal (Psyche) and conceptual (Logos), explaining how each can deepen and expand the others in a life-affirming and sacred vision of environmental activism.

2. This entertaining and meandering dialogue with Timothy Morton, author of Dark Ecology, explores the relationship between object-oriented ontology (OOO) and correlationism, the importance of holding on to ambiguity, why we should stop worrying and love the term ‘Anthropocene,’ and what drug we would need to put into the drinking water to save the world.

3. David Loy gives a talk at the Upaya Zen Center, called The Ecological Crisis is a Buddhist Crisis, summarizing much of his latest work re-constructing Buddhadharma to affirm our relationship to the Earth, as part of the growing ecodharma movement.

4. In this episode of the Imperfect Buddhist podcast, David Chapman talks about Robert Keagan’s work in developmental psychology, using it as a frame for understanding historical Buddhism and Buddhist practice.

5. Douglas Rushkoff interviews Jeremy Lent about his recent book, The Patterning Instinct. The book “uses recent findings in cognitive science and systems theory to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today’s cultural norms… [Jeremy] shows how medieval Christian rationalism acted as an incubator for scientific thought, which in turn shaped our modern vision of the conquest of nature. [He] probes our current crisis of unsustainability and argues that it is not an inevitable result of human nature, but is culturally driven: a product of particular mental patterns that could conceivably be reshaped.

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