David Loy

David Loy (http://www.davidloy.orgis a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles regularly appear in the pages of Buddhist magazines, including Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. David’s most recent book is Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (Wisdom publications, 2019). He teaches nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.

Events with David Loy

Gratitude, Connection, and Healing in Nature (Zoom)
June 5, 2020

Weekend Nature Meditation Retreat Friday June 5, 6–8pm MDT Saturday June 6, 9am-7pm Sunday June 7, 9am-1pm This is a fully guided and supported meditation retreat in nature, facilitated through Zoom. All are welcome, including newcomers to meditation. As we shelter in place, connection with dharma practice, nature and community is critically important to our wellbeing*. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and nourish together on a spring weekend, outdoors. Themes will include meditation in nature, gratitude, joy, interdependence, and how being with nature soothes fear and vulnerability. You can do this retreat from your home and neighborhood, walking nearby, looking out a window, porch or balcony; or going to a park or natural area with a smartphone. The retreat will include structured sitting and walking practice in nature, meditation instruction and guidance, and small group breakout sessions with the teachers for questions, discussion and sharing. Full support and instruction will be available for beginners. We will encourage a quiet, silent retreat container as much as possible in your home setting, including staying away from work, email, phone and media, and limiting interactions with others. Detailed information on doing the retreat will be available and sent after registration. The…

Inner and Outer Nature (full 2 weeks)
July 24, 2020

Ecodharma Training Retreat, July 24-August 2 The ecological crisis is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. And now it has spawned the Coronavirus. Are you feeling overwhelmed? How does modern dharma help us understand and engage with all of this? New teachings and practices are now emerging in response to the realities of the current situation: ecodharma. This is a ten-day experiential immersion into ecodharma, specifically for dharma teachers, dharma leaders, and committed practitioners. Our sense of separation from nature is at the root of the ecological crises our civilization faces, and ecodharma is a path of deconstructing that separation, reuniting our inner nature with outer nature. Ecodharma practice is about healing our relationship with the rest of the natural world, so that an appropriate and authentic response can arise, which unifies our personal and spiritual transformation with social engagement. In this time of pandemic, and ecological and social crisis, the earth calls upon us to do what we can in response. In the first few days we will connect deeply with the natural world, grounding ourselves in the joys of being and practicing outside, while building a supportive but safe sangha. Then we will begin to explore the…

Inner and Outer Nature - part 1: Ecodharma Training Retreat
July 24, 2020

Ecodharma Training Retreat, July 24-August 2 The ecological crisis is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. And now it has spawned the Coronavirus. Are you feeling overwhelmed? How does modern dharma help us understand and engage with all of this? New teachings and practices are now emerging in response to the realities of the current situation: ecodharma. This is a ten-day experiential immersion into ecodharma, specifically for dharma teachers, dharma leaders, and committed practitioners. Our sense of separation from nature is at the root of the ecological crises our civilization faces, and ecodharma is a path of deconstructing that separation, reuniting our inner nature with outer nature. Ecodharma practice is about healing our relationship with the rest of the natural world, so that an appropriate and authentic response can arise, which unifies our personal and spiritual transformation with social engagement. In this time of pandemic, and ecological and social crisis, the earth calls upon us to do what we can in response. In the first few days we will connect deeply with the natural world, grounding ourselves in the joys of being and practicing outside, while building a supportive but safe sangha. Then we will begin to explore the…

Inner and Outer Nature - part 2: Silent Nature Weekend Retreat
August 6, 2020

Inner and Outer Nature Silent Meditation Weekend Retreat, August 6-9 This retreat is open to everyone, including beginners. The focus is on silent nature practice, immersion in the natural world, connecting our inner nature with outer nature, and dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as nature meditation instruction, dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions. The overall intention is for deep silence, practice, and connection with nature, and then integrating that into one’s life. Spiritual practice will be supported by instruction in a variety of nature meditations. There will be nightly dharma talks, exploring how being-in-nature can be an important part of our spiritual path by helping to ground us in personal experience of non-separation from the natural world. The emphasis is not on meditative technique so much as developing direct awareness that can lead to a new integration of the internal (spiritual) and external (activity). There are no prerequisites for this retreat, and beginning meditators are welcome and will be fully supported. Both Retreats Include: Guidance and instruction for meditation in nature (both sitting and walking) to deepen our experience of connection with nature, while dissolving the sense of a fixed…