About this Site
Dharmagaians.org is a non-commercial educational website. As long as the internet functions freely it will be a work in progress. Its purpose is to present a holistic view of the crises converging on Planet Earth at this time in human history, and a vision of the way forward for the human species. We are calling this vision “Dharmagaian.” The Dharmagaian vision is interdisciplinary and ecocentric, integrating perspectives and knowledge from geology, biology, ecology, cosmology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. The vision isn’t that of the author of this website alone. The website provides resources gathered from a wide variety of sources for strengthening and embodying this vision and bringing it to manifestation in human communities and the Earth community as a whole.
Besides the introductory essays within the Home and About sections of the red menu bar at the top of the page, there are over 30 topic essays within the Dharma, Gaia, and Great Turning sections. These can be read at random or in sequence. In sequence, they can be read as a book with a beginning, middle, and conclusion. Most of the topic essays within the Dharma, Gaia, and Great Turning sections have the same format: an essay on the topic with quotes and images. A few essays are followed by links, but most are linked to separate links pages with resources—articles, audio and video resources, other websites and/or journals, movies, and books—relevant to that topic. The topic essays are also hyperlinked to others within the site for cross-referencing, for all the topics are interconnected in the Dharmagaian perspective.
There is also a Dharmagaians blog for commentary on both the unfolding crises and positive developments. Well-written articles and essays by Dharmagaians other than myself (Suzanne) that maintain the Dharmagaian focus and fit within one of the topics on the website, may be submitted for the blog. See Submissions and Contact information below.
You may sign up for periodic updates to the blog once you’ve determined whether this blog’s focus is for you. For that, you might want to read the introductory 5-part series, “Turning Danger into Opportunity.”
Spring Thaw © Denis Marier 2000
This site was suggested by one of the Ecopsychology students in my online Deep Ecology course as a gathering place for students and friends scattered around the world. The idea of creating a website led to conceiving of Dharmagaians as a loose eco-spiritual sangha. As the site evolved, I began to see it as a place to touch base, like a well where the Dharmagaian spirit may be refreshed, strengthened, and evolved further through my blog by exchanging views, ideas and resources regarding our current dilemmas. As I gathered articles, links, and other resources for the site, my vision for it expanded.
For a long time I’ve wondered: What if understanding the magnitude of our current planetary crises, and being willing to feel all its implications, could make the difference in whether our species survives this and coming centuries with enough sanity to achieve a sustainable future that would enable the Earth to flourish again?
But as I worked on this website, I began to ask: What if enough of us who see the Big Picture, feel the reality of these crises, and want to co-create sustainable communities got connected with each other through the internet? Would that create more momentum for shifting away from the industrial growth model and towards an ecologically sustainable way of life?
For example, Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff” connects a lot of the dots, and is truly a “must-see,” but it seems to me that there needs to be more depth, more soulful comprehension of the magnitude and implications of our moment in history. So Dharmagaians.org is intended to address that need with an eco-psycho-spiritual perspective. (See The Animistic Soul Re-Emerges.)
Dharmagaians—people who love the Earth, have a passion for the truth and are not afraid to speak it, and who care about future generations—are still a minority. We are an endangered species as long as the dominant, exploitative culture is dominant. Dharmagaians often feel we are alone in what we sense and intuit. Because we are a fragile, scattered minority, Dharmagaians need safe places where we can share our feelings and support each other in mind, heart and spirit. This site is intended to be such a place and to provide a sense of solidarity and community.
“Prowess” © Denis Marier 1998
The Dharmagaians vision, like that of Deep Ecology, is open and pluralistic. It is a vision based on an understanding of and faith in living systems. Because it is process oriented and holistic, it is not an ideology. It offers no magic bullets, no grand schemes to solve all problems. It envisions the creative potential of human beings to self-organize themselves as open, decentralized living systems that can adapt to the changing conditions of the Earth in the centuries ahead. It is not exclusive except for the three basic requirements envisioned as necessary for creating sane, viable, ecologically sustainable communities:
• seeking and embracing the truth (being self-reflective and honest - with a conscience),
• cherishing the Earth (being ecocentric and ecoliterate, rather than anthropocentric), and
• being responsibly committed to the wellbeing of future generations of all beings.
The absence of these three qualities—or orientations of the heart—defines the dominant culture that is disintegrating, and that needs to be replaced if humanity is to survive the crises it has created: peak oil, climate change, economic meltdown, species extinctions, a damaged and depleted ecosphere, and the potential for a police state in the United States and elsewhere.
This is not the place to argue that the technocratic global economic system is inevitable and permanent, or why there is no alternative. Dharmagaians envision different possibilities and opportunities for human transformation and evolution. This site is for Dharmagaians.
Lynx © Denis Marier 1998
This site provides many links to resources elsewhere on the web. Due to the dynamic nature of the internet, web addresses do change. If a link fails, try a browser search for the author, title and date, etc.
About book links: Many of the book titles have been linked to the Amazon site in order to enable readers to learn the maximum about the books, and to see what other books on the same topics are available. However, we encourage you to buy books from independent booksellers. Please support your local bookstores whenever possible.
There is a Comments on Dharmagaians.org post in the Links sidebar of the Dharmagaians blog, and also posted in the August 2010 Archive there. This is provided to allow visitors to make comments on this site, ask questions, contribute insights and inspirations, and connect with each other. Responses to the information and perspective offered on this site are welcome in the blog, for much discussion and sharing of views and feelings are needed in order to collectively navigate through this time. Please read the Comment Protocols before commenting.
Submissions to Blog
If you have an article, poem, essay, story or other piece of creative writing or art in the Dharmagaian spirit that you have written and that you would like to offer for publication in the blog, you may submit it via email to the contact address with a cover letter explaining why you think it is appropriate for this site. Sorry, but sloppy writing will not be considered.
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Multimedia © Michele Laporte
This site is dedicated to all Dharmagaians
of the past, present, and future, and
to the benefit of all sentient beings.
© 2009 Suzanne Duarte