This is the blog of Suzanne Duarte (aka Earthling). I am an American teacher, writer, and environmental activist. I taught dharma, ecology and ecopsychology for over 30 years. Now I have retired from teaching in institutional settings and prefer to serve generations of the future through my writings in this blog and the Dharmagaians.org website.
I grew up and attended university in California, and subsequently lived in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for 27 years, off and on, punctuated by brief stays in rural Vermont, New York City, San Francisco, and a four-month (terrifying) sojourn in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I now live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
My perspective is ecocentric, rather than anthropocentric. I am concerned about preserving the biodiversity of the Earth and the cultural diversity and mental health (sanity) of human beings, rather than preserving Western civilization, capitalism, and the global economy. In fact, I am convinced that biological and cultural diversity and mental health are all severely threatened by the capitalistic global economy in its present manifestation. This is a common view in the fields of Deep Ecology and Ecopsychology, which I taught for 12 years. Ecology has been called “the subversive science.”
To see more about me, click here. To see what Dharmagains are, click here, and to see what the Dharmagaians site is about, click here. The Dharmagaians.org site provides the background and many of the references that I use for this blog, minimizing the need to repeat myself.
The introduction to this blog is the 5-part series, Turning Danger into Opportunity. Here I will continue to write about the themes and issues on the Dharmagaians site, as a supplement to that site, with the advantages of greater flexibility and the ability to host discussions.
See Services for Dharmagaian Consulting services. My email address for the site and blog is earthling at dharmagaians dot org
This is the Water and Moon Kuan-Yin Bodhisattva statue at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Click here to see why she is the archetype for the Dharmagaian spirit.
May the Water and Moon Kuan-Yin guide us through this time.