The practice of sacred outlook will be the primary framework for the journey, a practice aimed at transforming the alienation and desecration we know all too well. Sacred outlook and the practice of Natural Meditation offers a path to remember and familiarize ourselves with the immediate sacredness inherent in our own mind, our relationships, and in the natural world. In this case, the sacred outlook of Natural Meditation is introduced through the Zen tradition brought by Deborah Eden Tull, and the Mahāmudrā tradition of Lama Karma.
In this light, the Earth Vase Pilgrimage is a journey to an ever-present goal, an exploration of the inseparability of origin, journey and destination, uncovering the innate purity within even the most grievous desecration. While remaining in this view, pilgrims will also walk the trail, discovering and creating sacred places along the journey. The path is complemented by a variety of methods and practices to transform and enliven one’s awareness, relationships, and environment.
Eden Tull will lead the group through “The Work That Reconnects,” a training developed by the Buddhist elder and ecologist Johanna Macy. The Work That Reconnects is a personal and group process that uses the insights of deep ecology, systems thinking, and nondualistic spirituality to understand and transform the realities of the ecological crisis. Through experiential practices that connect practitioners to their relationship with all living beings, the experience of moral pain is fully acknowledged and recognized as a doorway to the qualities of clarity, openness, and compassion inherent in natural mind. On the basis of this recognition, practitioners are empowered to develop creative and compassionate responses in care for our common home.
Lama Karma will offer other meditations and practices of sacred outlook, particularly several types of offering practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These practices have been adapted to be approachable and practiced by individuals from any or no spiritual tradition. Offering is an acknowledgement of the give and take of life on earth, a practice and understanding that has been largely lost in contemporary Euro-American culture. Ritual is the language of this reciprocity, and through several offering rituals such as fire pujas and Earth vases, practitioners will attune to and cultivate sacred outlook in the natural world.