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A Council of All Beings – Part Two (via Zoom)

December 2, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


You must have attended the Buddhist Teachings (Part One) on November 18th to register for this event.

Those who choose to participate in the Council of All Beings enter the experience to personally deepen the teachings offered in Part One, “Buddhist Teachings for Deep Ecology.”  This ritual invites you to step beyond your human self and assume the identity of another member of the Earth community.  We gather in Council to speak as a specific being – an earthworm, a polar bear, the rainforest – or whichever being chooses you as its voice.  Those in The Council of All Beings have the opportunity to open the eye of their hearts to see beyond human concerns.  Deep gratitude and the commitment to enact one’s personal transformation are renewed.

“…We have forgotten who we are. When the animals come to us asking for our help, will we know what they are saying? When the plants speak to us in their delicate, beautiful language, will we be able to answer them? When the planet herself sings to us in our dreams, will we be able to wake ourselves and act?”   – Gary Lawless

Wednesday, December 2, 7-8:15 p.m. A zoom link will be sent via email on the morning of the event.

$15/person. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Presenter: Paula Hirshboeck, Ph.D. is a Soto Zen Buddhist teacher and priest from Madison, WI. She has given numerous Buddhist and Inter-faith retreats in the MIdwest and is the guiding teacher for Sophia Zen Sangha in Madison and SE Wisconsin. She was a member of the Sinsinawa Dominicans for 25 years. Later she joined the faculty at Edgewwod College and became Professor of Philosophy. There she co-founded and taught in the Environmental Studies program. Her Buddhist teaching and practice emphasize the inter-dependent oneness of all Earth’s beings and humanity’s call to awaken as this oneness. She studies ways Buddhist insights resonate with Deep Ecology – as well as with the Sophia Wisdom teachings of the West. Paula leads The Council of All Beings for groups in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and at Edgewood College. She has studied with the internationally renowned Buddhist scholar and activist Joanna Macy whose teaching has carried the Council around the planet.

Frank Olinsky is the artist of the flowering earth on the events page.


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December 2, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Eric Anglada

Sinsinawa Mound Center

585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824