We will be spending 12 weeks reading and discussing the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. From Amazon’s description of the book:
“The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.”
Active Hope is not an explicitly Buddhist book, even though Joanna Macy is a Buddhist and many of the things she presents are rooted in our practice. It’s not necessary to read the book to attend this class, but it’s highly recommended for its own sake.
In each class, Domyo will present the chapter’s main messages and then offer a related (explicitly) Buddhist teaching or practice. Domyo says:
“I’ve felt profound worry and grief for the state of our world since I was a child. Active Hope presents – as it claims – a revolutionary approach to facing the mess we’re in without going crazy. Even more, however, it offers a path for cultivating energy and joy as we respond to the suffering of our world with with love and determination. This is one of only a handful of books I’ve read cover to cover in the last decade.”
Part Three: Going Forth
September 17th – Chapter 10: Daring to Believe It Is Possible – What do we really want for our lives, and for the world?
September 24th – Chapter 11: Building Support around You – Sangha, friends, family: How we need others and how to rely on them without clinging to them
October 1st – TBA, not on Active Hope
October 8th – Chapter 12: Maintain Energy and Enthusiasm – Where do we find inspiration and energy for practice and service?
October 15th – Chapter 13: Strengthened by Uncertainty – The beautiful refuge of don’t-know mind