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Death Salon

With Deborah Luscomb and Jacquie Bell              
A virtual, bi-weekly, open gathering to talk, listen, share, contemplate our mortality…. and all of the various reactions that arise… fear, grief, delight… together.

Mondays: July 6th & Aug 3rd at 11:00 am (Atlantic)
Wednesdays: June 17th, July 22nd & Aug 19th at 8 pm (Atlantic) 

This event will be hosted by long-time practitioners and death awareness educators, Jacquie Bell and Deborah Luscomb.

No commitment, no fees are necessary. 

Please email Deborah for the Zoom link and more info.
[email protected]

A Poem in honor of Earth Day

An Ecodharma Prayer of Earth


From the realm of boundless emptiness,

The spacious horizon of sky, sun and moon,

We call upon primordial perfection,

The unborn womb of suchness called Buddha,

Please grant us the unconditional openness

To rest in timeless wisdom with all life, decay, and death,

To see the patient perfection without beginning or end.

From the realm of compassionate sadness,

The vulnerable living skin of leaf, shell, and feather,

We call upon immeasurable compassion,

The inconceivable, endless vow of all Bodhisattvas,

Please grant us the brave heart of awakening,

To grieve for all that we are losing,

To lovingly protect all that calls to be protected.

From the realm of interdependent relationship,

The four elements, greenery, crawling, swimming, and soaring ones,

We call upon the interwoven web of causality,

The selfless insight called Dharma,

Please grant us the humility beyond human-centricity,

To mindfully stay with the suffering of this very place,

To take one small step towards restoring this very biome.

From the realm of precious human birth,

The farms, villages, cities, and systems of our society,

We call upon the community of all life,

The skillful means known as Sangha,

Please grant us the path of compassionate responsivity,

To fearlessly gather together without limit,

To act in skillful insurgencies, with reverence for all sentient beings.

From the realm coalescing the serene and the lively,

The luminous display of teaching that is our only planet earth,

We call upon this very time and place,

The Vajra continuum of Buddha Nature,

Please grant us this impossible challenge,

To rediscover the awakened nature of all,

To flourish in a beautiful liberated world, the inseparable life of all.

-Composed spontaneously near a red cardinal in western Pennsylvania on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, amidst a global pandemic, rising temperatures, melting ice, and mass extinction, April 2020, by Acharya Adam Lobel

This is the Moment We Have Been Training For—Recording Now Available!

A Creative Conversation, in honor of Earth Day, with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Jeff Wagner.

Co-sponsored by the Boulder Shambhala Center, the Touching the Earth Collective and Shambhala Online

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this month, Buddhist teacher and scholar, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, and environmental educator and author Jeff Wagner, will engage in an exploratory and friendly conversation on these timely questions.  Drawing on decades of practicing and teaching the Shambhala Buddhist dharma, Acharya Judith will discuss with Jeff, who brings many years of hands-on experience living and teaching in non-Western cultures, how we can open effectively and collectively to this moment of profound change.

Here is the live event’s recording!

With special thanks to Emily Takahashi, Touching the Earth Collective and The Active Hope Green Team!