“Restoring connection to our natural selves and the natural world”
I. Statement of the Problem (First Noble Truth)
Globally and individually, humanity is suffering from a lack of connection. Many of us in the modern world feel disconnected from our deepest callings and dreams. We often work and live in environments that do not support our highest sense of purpose. We struggle to find peace of mind and genuine love in the midst of life’s ups and downs. As communities and nations, we are often cut off from our neighbors and from the natural environment that supports our well-being. As a result, the planet is in a state of crisis, with ecological destruction, political turmoil, and economic instability wreaking havoc on human and non-human communities alike. In this historical moment, the earth is crying out for reconnection, for wholeness, for compassion, and for peace.
II. Reasons for the Problem (Second Noble Truth)
- Lack of authentic spiritual experience
- Lack of time spent in nature (“Nature Deficit Disorder”)
- Lack of creative expression in society and the workplace
- Disconnection from authentic community
The purpose of One World Dharma is to offer practices and create experiences which restore our connection to our natural selves and the natural world. We focus on helping bring people back in touch with their spiritual and creative power as well as reestablish their connection to the natural environments and human communities in which they live.
IV. Ways and Methods (Fourth Noble Truth)
A. Contemplative Practice
1. Offer classes in yoga, meditation, tai chi, and other contemplative practices.
2. Conduct seminars on the philosophy & practices of world spiritual traditions.
B. Natural, Simple Living
1. Create and maintain community garden project
2. Organize nature retreats for reflection and reconnection
C. Creativity & Art
1. Offer classes in various art forms: music, painting, writing & poetry, etc.
2. Organize cultural events & community celebrations
D. Service & Community
1. Organize community service & advocacy projects
2. Conduct seminars on relevant social & environmental issues