- June 23-24, 2018
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
How do we move beyond isolation, powerlessness, and resignation in the face of ecological and social destruction? Is it possible to deepen our individual and collective wisdom and compassion to move the world towards environmental and social sustainability despite pervading political and economic extremism?
In this workshop, Asoka Bandarage addresses the urgent challenge of personal and social transformation, synthesizing decades of experience in scholarly research, social activism, and insight meditation practice. Drawing on the Buddhist Middle Path and bridging philosophy, mindfulness and activism, Dr. Bandarage engages participants in an exploration of our individual strengths including altruism, generosity, and partnership. Participants will also explore the unique personal and professional contributions we each can make to address our intertwined social and planetary crises.
This experiential and interactive workshop provides resources and tools for ongoing collaborative connections to local and global environmental and social justice movements.
Asoka Bandarage was educated at the University of Sri Lanka, Bryn Mawr College, and at Yale University where she received a PhD in Sociology. She has served on the faculties of Brandeis University, Georgetown University, and Mount Holyoke College where she received tenure and was also the Chair of the Women's Studies Program. She has also taught at the European University for Peace, Colorado College and the California Institute for Integral Studies.
Dr. Bandarage is the author of the books: Colonialism in Sri Lanka, Women, Population and Global Crisis, The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka, Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society and the Economy and numerous other publications on South Asia, global political-economy, ethnicity, gender and ecology. She has given hundreds of presentations, including a talk at the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York and a keynote lecture at the South Asian Studies Conference at the University of Hawaii.
She has also given numerous media interviews on CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and Bloomberg News on Asian and global political-economic and environmental issues. Dr. Bandarage writes a column on global environmental and social issues in the Huffington Post and serves on the boards of a number of publications and organizations including Critical Asian Studies, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and The International Buddhist Association of America.