Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism: Working with mind and society in challenging times
with Acharya Martin Janowitz
"Creating Enlightened Society" is not philosophy. This is a time when uncertainty, menace, and perhaps defenselessness are vivid sensations in our world, affecting us, others, and our environment near and far. These are not abstract threats. They provoke all manner of emotional reactions – fear, anger, pain, and resentment among them. What can we do as practitioners to be a force for peace, safety and compassion?
This will be a talk attending to View (underlying principles within our Shambhala tradition of Enlightened Society), Practice (guided meditation), and Action (exploring how Shambhala teachings on kindness, courage and wakefulness might be applied in active engagement with community service, activism and just plain life).
Acharya Marty Janowitz is a senior teacher within the Shambhala lineage. Since encountering Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after his arrival in North America in 1970, Marty studied, served and ultimately taught under Rinpoche’s guidance and now continues under the auspices of his lineage heir Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 1997 the Sakyong appointed Marty as Warrior General of Shambhala—charged with advancing Shambhala’s commitment to the realization of enlightened society—human communities that at their core express the heart of goodness in action. Much of Marty’s current teaching focuses on the potential to realize such possibilities through the inextricable connection between the paths of personal and societal transformation. Inspired by that vision Marty has long been dedicated to integrating these paths through what he describes as “sacred activism,” with particular interest in environmental and social change. He is Chair of the Nova Scotia Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity, is active in Buddhist climate change campaigns and other sustainability initiatives, and is a trustee of Naropa University. He is the leader of the international sustainability, sustainable infrastructure and social responsibility consulting practices at Stantec Consulting.