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Buddhist eco-activist to give workshop

Author of many books is a proponent of 'deep ecology'

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy will lead a weekend workshop in Juneau and a free public presentation titled "Taking Heart in Tough Times."

The talk will focus on applying fundamental Buddhist practices and deep ecology to guide people in their work for the world, said Linda Buckley, who is involved in bringing Macy to Juneau. Based in Berkeley, Calif., Macy is a peace and environmental activist.

Macy recently returned to the United States from Sri Lanka, where she joined a meditation of 650,000 people gathered to support a truce in the Sri Lankan civil war.

"She gets tear-gassed and thrown in jail. She's in her 70s," Buckley said.

Macy holds a doctorate and is a scholar of deep ecology and general systems theory, which is the study of the abstract principles of phenomena. She has written several books including "World as Lover, World as Self," "Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World" and "Thinking Like A Mountain."

According to her Web site, deep ecology is a term coined by Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess to contrast with environmentalism for purely human interests. Deep ecology has inspired an array of practices to help decondition people from centuries of anthropocentrism - seeing people as the center of the world - and to heal the broken relationship with the natural world, the Web site said.

The two-day workshop will be held 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 14 and 15, at Chapel by the Lake. Macy will give a public talk at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, co-sponsored by UAS and the Mindfulness Center of Juneau.

The workshop will include interactive exercises, opportunities to clarify individual gifts and roles as agents of change, and meditations with breath and body, sponsors said.

Contact Buckley at 789-0140 or Elaine Schroeder at 586-6879 for more information or to register. Information on Macy can be found at www.joannamacy.com.



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