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How Can We Create Islands of Sanity in a Sea of Chaos?

Broadcast on May 21, 2020
With Sensei Kritee Kanko, Ph.D.
Hosted by Kaira Jewel Lingo

We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic as well as ongoing climate crisis which will keep wreaking havoc in our lives long after the pandemic is over. We can take wise, wholesome and strategic actions if and only if we can face our own fear of death, grief, shame and trauma. We can not think our way out of grief or trauma. This conversation will discuss the role of spirituality and meditation communities can play in unlocking our potential to be wise and compassionate citizens at this time.

In This Session:

  • Extent of trauma faced by an average American, with respect to domestic violence, alcoholism and child abuse
  • Importance of grief rituals in these times for facing and healing trauma. How and why grief is not fully acknowledged in meditation communities
  • Speaker's own journey with Covid-19
  • Importance of cohorts of 4-8 people in developing ongoing community that is able to work on both inner healing and outer strategic activism together
  • The concept of "Islands of sanity" in the midst of a chaotic sea
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Sensei Kritee Kanko, Ph.D.

Climate Scientist, Zen Priest, Educator and Grief ritual leader

Kritee (dharma name Kanko) is a climate scientist, Zen priest, educator, and founding dharma teacher of Boundless in Motion. She believes in identifying and releasing our personal and ecological grief and bringing our gifts into strategic collective actions for societal healing. She's committed to learning from and bringing dharma to young adults, permaculture communities, LGBTQ, black, and Indigenous people, and other people of color.

She is a sensei in the Rinzai Zen lineage of Cold Mountain and a co-founder of Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, as well as Boulder Ecodharma Sangha. She has served as faculty for Earth-Love-Go (Lama Foundation), One Earth Sangha, and Shogaku Zen Institute. As a senior scientist in the Global Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund, she helps implement climate-smart farming at scale in India. She was trained as a microbiologist and isotope biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities. 

Sensei Kritee Kanko, Ph.D.