at IMCW Center for Mindful Living, (4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Upper floor, Tenleytown, Washington DC, 20016)
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Many of us feel in some way connected to the lives of animals. Often that connection is profound. We can be as moved by the mourning rituals of Elephants or their surprising relationships with one another as we can the consistent joy of our beloved pets.
Our practice invites compassionate investigation of our relationship with animals, especially when so many are being systematically harmed. From a place of compassion that includes "the other" but also, necessarily, ourselves, we can ask questions like
- Which animals tend to feel individual and important to our hearts?
- Which animals feel distant and abstract?
- What distinctions does our culture, including family, friends, workmates, and spiritual community, encourage to make between some kinds of animals versus others?
- How did we regard other animals when we were young?
- How does our sense of connection change when we slow down, sense into the potential for individual, complex and relational lives of all non-human beings?
- What supports us and what hinders us in translating into our daily lives this sense of connection and recognition of wholeness?
On the evening of Saturday, December 8 in NW DC, we will shine the light of the Dharma on our relationship with animals. Please join Kristin Barker, IMCW teacher and founder of One Earth Sangha, and Alexandra Arbogast, meditation teacher in training and leader of the local local Dharma Voices for Animals chapter, for a screening and discussion of the film “Animals and the Buddha: Awakening Compassion for All Beings.”
Delicious and healthy plant-based food will be served to give participants a first-hand experience of one of the most powerful and positive steps they can take to reduce the suffering of sentient beings, improve health, and respond to climate change.
We regret that this venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments.
Suggested donation of $10 is appreciated to cover costs. All proceeds benefit Dharma Voices for Animals and the work of spreading compassion for animals.
What is Dana?
This event is offered freely. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (a donation) to support the teacher and venue.