Caroline Savery is a writer, producer and organizational designer/strategist based in Denver, Colorado. She is a cofounder of Cosmos.coop, a platform co-op serving visionary creatives. She has worked in the field of cooperative and nonprofit development since 2011, supporting organizations such as Nourish Community Market, USA Cooperative Youth Council, Denver Permaculture Guild, Bikes Together, and the Colorado Co-ops Study Circle. Prior to that she was the producer-director for The Sust Enable Project, a visionary “meta-mentary” about evolving definitions of sustainability. She devotedly practices observation, experimentation and design in all aspects of her life–mainly via wilderness, permaculture and Buddhism.
In Part 2 of their talk, Caroline and Marco continue exploring the relation between meditation and the body. Can meditation can help transmute the karma that comes with the development of abstract thinking and the rise of civilization? 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.
In this episode, Marco and Caroline formulate their responses to the Buddhist Geeks podcast episode “Secularizing Buddhist Ethics” with Vincent Horn and Stephen Batchelor. Caroline explains how her understanding of the ways consciousness materially evolves in complex systems—via Douglas Hofstadter of Godel, Escher, Bach and Maturana/Varela’s Santiago School Theory of Cognition—intersects profoundly with her understanding of Buddhism.