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Is the Ecological Crisis also
a Spiritual / Philosophical Crisis?

19 Jun 2024

By Mon 20 May 2024Events

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Green Foundation Ireland, in association with Ecodharma Ireland & Earth Holder Community Ireland – Mindfulness Ireland, invite you to participate in an evening in-person talk with David Loy:

Is the Ecological Crisis also a
Spiritual / Philosophical Crisis?

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2024 – 19:00 to 21:00 (Irish time)
(registration starts at 18:45)

Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 X2A3.

Book Here

As always at our events, an important part
will be the Q&A session which will allow
full participation by those attending.


Tailors’ Hall is situated in Back Lane, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 X2A3 – here is a map to help you locate it. It can be easily reached by public transport, with many buses serving close by. There are also Dublin Bike stations nearby should you wish to use them.

Event Programme

About Our Guest Speaker

David is a writer, a retired professor of philosophy, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Centre in Colorado, USA, and a Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen lineage.

American ecophilosopher and activist Joanna Macy has described David as a ‘beacon’ in his contributions to environmental issues. And like her Active Hope work, David’s Ecodharma approach embraces cognition, emotion and practical wisdom.

Select Bibliography:
Loy, David (2018). Ecodharma; Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, (Wisdom Publications, Boston MA).
Loy, David, Stanley, John and Dorje Gyurme, (eds.), (2009). A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, (Wisdom Publications, Boston MA).
Loy, David, 2003. The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, (Wisdom Publications, Boston MA).
Loy, David, 1996. Lack and Transcendence, The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism and Buddhism, (Humanity Books, NY).

You can find out more information about David Loy here.


While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED.
Please secure your place by booking here.


Drawing from many years of experience as a writer, a professor of philosophy and a Zen teacher, David has been focusing primarily on the ecological crisis through his work in Ecodharma. Ecodharma incorporates many traditions in understanding that the climate crisis is also a spiritual / philosophical crisis: a function of our (the human species’) profound separation from the natural world.

Ecodharma offers a way of thinking and a way of living, that works to heal this deep rupture. In order to respond appropriately to the ecological crisis, we must acknowledge its psychological and emotional impact (despair and grief), which will enable us to get beyond denial or passivity and embrace the changes needed, both personal and collective.

Ecodharma emphasises the importance of both individual and collective transformation, in addition to technical and scientific solutions.