Mountains and Waters Alliance to Sakyadhita Conference

For: Mountains and Waters Alliance
Faribault, MN
Organizer: Shodo Spring
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Mountains and Waters Alliance exists to work with forces of nature to protect and restore the wholeness of life, healing the mind of separation. Connecting with other people is part of that work.

We have the opportunity to present a workshop titled “Asking all beings for help with climate change” at the biennial gathering of “Daughters of the Buddha”, an international organization of Buddhist women.

Buddhist women from the world, especially Asia and including women from traditional villages, attend and teach at this conference. This creates an unparalleled opportunity in the ongoing work of breaking down the walls of my own cultural prison. While I go to offer a teaching and to seek companions in this work, the important matter is the learning and opening.

The conference is in Hong Kong. I avoid travel to minimize fossil fuel use, but have decided in favor of going.

The $2000 requested will cover fees, housing, and travel. Any surplus will help with miscellaneous costs and donations.

For more information about Sakyadhita, visit the website The film clip is from last year's conference. And my first update below says more about them, from my friend Beth who lives in Cambodia and has been to many of their conferences.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 15, 2017

Posted on May 15, 2017

Plans are set up - plane tickets, arrival time, everything except my two free days at the end.

I haven't said much for a while, waiting while we changed our fiscal agent to the Fertile Ground Institute,  Though our former fiscal agent was solid and good, I'm actually excited about Fertile Ground, very in tune with the vision of Mountains and Waters. So now I'm actually reaching out to people, and hoping there will be more support.

Posted on April 30, 2017

Posted on April 30, 2017

This: Sakyadhita, (Daughters of the Buddha) is an international organization, whose conference meets every two years in support of Buddhist women. The conference includes developing understanding towards overcoming barriers women face within both traditional more modern cultures (particularly the question of full ordination for Theravada women), cultural and educational exchange, and a broad engagement with problems facing societies in general: war, poverty, internal displacement and refugees, lack of fundamental medical care, global warming and a host of other problems relevant to compassionate engagement with the world around us. Participants engage in a broad range of responses, mostly but not entirely directed towards the question of Buddhist response, and what Buddhism can learn from responding to others.

Sakyadhitta is welcoming me to present a workshop titled “Asking all Beings for Help with Climate Change” at the June 2017 conference in Hong Kong. This workshop will address the core of the Mountains and Waters Alliance intention: working together with beings including and beyond human; protecting and restoring the living earth; and healing the mind that separates us.

Buddhist women from all over the world, especially from Asia-- including from traditional villages, and places where the relationship between humans and the environment have not yet been destroyed-- attend Sakyadhitta and teach there. This offers me an unprecedented opportunity to engage directly with a broad range of experience and cultural understandings. I go to offer teaching and seek companions in the work of healing the world, well aware and hoping that many people I find will be well ahead of me in their understanding.
This improved what I wrote before about Sakyadhita. And I've extended the fundraising deadline, because I didn't have time to do publicity. I'm switching to a new fiscal sponsor, strongly in line with my values. You will be able to make a tax-deductible donation at any time.

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