Dear friends in Awakening the Dreamer York,
My name is Jim Ebaugh, founder of Water in the Wave Mindfulness Communities in York, Harrisburg and Lancaster. This is hopefully a short tale of a personal journey which lead to my arrest as one of the Chapel 23 defending the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Nuns against a billion dollar pipeline project in the heart of the mother river country of Lancaster.
I also founded another group of mindful activism in York embedded in right speech, right action and an emerging school of Buddhism often called Engaged Buddhism. This group is called simply Engaged (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1053897371316862/). A belief that personal transformation sitting on our cushions is not enough to be fully awakened but we are called to engage the suffering of the planet and all her species as well as racial, gender and sexual preference discrimination, militarism, wars and Climate Change on which we maintain a very narrow focus.
Our coalition partners with Indivisible (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleYORK/) and RiseUp (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RiseUPYork/) who focus on political change. We see the dissemination of eco-dharma from all spiritual and faith based backgrounds as part of our mission. Climate Change is our main objective.
Roughly 7 years ago, I received the mindfulness trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Engaged Buddhism and one who has been teaching eco-dharma for decades. I always marveled at the inter-being and inter-connectedness with the earth that Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, and is almost identically found in Native and Indigenous peoples of the Rainforest teachings. We are an inclusive group of multiple spiritualities and none. I was deeply energized by the transmission directly from Thich Nhat Hanh. Engaged, is in coalition with environmental sub-groups from Indivisible York, and RiseUp York. We see in your group and the Pachamama Alliance what we call eco-dharma or eco spirituality and our attempts to provide spiritual support to our activists and a new paradigm for saving this planet and all her species, and she is telling us we must act. I see in your group what I see in Engaged Buddhism and the work you do is so wonderful.
While I chose a path of civil disobedience in Lancaster, Engaged neither supports nor opposes civil disobedience, it is a personal matter of individual conscience. What is needed is a new paradigm at the individual regional and national level and your focus on the spiritual teachings of our Native American and Indigenous People is remarkable, we inter-are. You are what Engaged Buddhists/ and our members from multiple spiritual backgrounds call Eco-Sattvas. Awakened beings will to engage the suffering of the earth and her species despite any resistance you might find. This defines the word, Noble work.
Peace in Every Step.
PS come to our April 14th event for an entire day of Pachamama, Thich Nhat Hanh and local Native American and indigenous people from South America teachings.
8.45 to 4.30, UUCY, 925 S. George Street, York, Pa. 17402
Register Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/581017438902684/