Part 2: Metaphysics in the Service of Ethics
In Part 2 of their talk, Caroline and Marco continue exploring the relation between meditation and the body. Can meditation help transmute the karma that comes with the development of abstract thinking and the rise of civilization as such? Caroline argues that the expansion of the notion of the individual I, which may have once conferred advantage, is now massively maladaptive on a planetary scale. The two also discuss art and artists and how a sensitivity to raw experience is needed to hear the voices drowned out by our hyper-development. How might we enter into a more indigenous relationship with the Earth? Caroline proposes that sustainability is a crisis of how we organize concepts and project them onto the world, and that a more conceptually elegant and empathetic orientation, which can be cultivated through Buddhist practice, is essential to restoring health and clarity.
Caroline Savery is a professional designer/developer/trainer/facilitator and community-based educator supporting various cooperative and progressive organizations including COSMOS, Denver Permaculture Guild, Colorado Co-ops Study Circle, and formerly Nourish Community Market, USA Cooperative Youth Council and more. She is also an artist working in these media: writing, video production, music and dance. She is shaped by the gleanings of diverse life experiences and deep inquiries into narratives, structures, meanings/modes of sustainability, and the teachings and practices of Buddhism.
See Part 1 for more background on this episode: https://www.infiniteconversations.fm/episode/you-are-any-body-a-response-to-secularizing-buddhist-ethics-with-caroline-savery-part-1/