Social Permaculture – Designing the Relational Landscape Part 2

In part 1, we discussed how for social animals like humans, with limited time and resources to go around, the relationships we invest in have a huge impact on the kind of reality we create for ourselves. In balance, if your main goal for your relationships is to support some other goal, like making money, then you’re probably a being a jerk.  Unfortunately, for those of us interested in Permaculture, our goals aren’t usually encouraged by most people in mainstream society.  In fact, they’re often mocked, marginalized, discouraged and even criminalized!  That actually makes perfect sense, since our goals are … Continue reading Social Permaculture – Designing the Relational Landscape Part 2

Social Permaculture – Designing the Landscape of Relationships Part 1

In the mountains near Guoqing Temple, there lived a wild-eyed poet-philosopher, a great meditation master who spent his days tending his garden, practicing yoga and reveling in the deep stillness of nature. Many students made the long pilgrimage up to see him, and draw on the great wisdom he had learned from a life immersed in nature.  Each year on the Buddha’s birthday, he would come down the mountain to take dinner and celebrate with the monks and students of the temple. After the meal, the abbot stood up to say a few words.  “Monks, as we’re gathered here today … Continue reading Social Permaculture – Designing the Landscape of Relationships Part 1