This is a monthly series of conversations with scholars in Buddhist Studies and related fields, offering critical perspectives on current social, political, economic and ecological crises in light of Buddhist history, thought and practice.
Study and practice were traditionally integrated in Buddhist monastery life. However, today, in the West, serious study and practice are often pursued in different social locations, in the university and in Dharma centers, respectively. These conversations aim to bridge that gap by bringing academic scholars and Dharma practitioners and activists together in conversation.
By focusing on contemporary issues and crises, the intention is to explore the relevance of Buddhist teachings for our times, and to support and inspire socially transformative Buddhist practice.
It is hosted by me, Karin Meyers and supported by volunteers. Read more about Currents conversations volunteers below.
Ignacio Ercole (they/them) is a psychologist, artist and mindfulness trainer. They have been trained as a psychodrama facilitator, and a contextual and mindfulness based therapy. They teach mindfulness programs for general audiences and for educators, including mindful art classes and mindful eating sessions. Currently they are completing teacher training programs in Full Presence Mindfulness and Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga.
Sanura Dewa (she/her). My name is Sanura Dewa and I am a budding Buddhist in the Nyingma Mandala community. In 2020 I joined the Mindful Living program at Mangalam Center where I studied the teachings of Tarthang Tulku and participated in community-based projects to help spread the dharma to all beings, including the most marginalized people in the Berkeley community. My background is in environmental science and engineering, so when I had the opportunity to take a Socially and Ecologically Engaged Buddhism course with Karin last year, I was very excited! As an earth-keeper and herbalist, this course allowed me to explore the intersection of social and environmental justice with the dharma. I am looking forward to supporting Karin and this Currents platform while engaging with the some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring dharma teachers of our time.
wei li king (they & he) is a first-generation Asian-American storyteller and community builder that ponders on regenerative living, self-organization, and radical self-care. His 7 years of work in the tech as an engineer and entrepreneur has informed his concern for hyper-individualism and capitalism. This concern turned his focus towards spiritual activism and applying wisdom traditions to the demands of modernity. For Currents, wei li supports with technology and marketing.