Fri, Feb 03|
Atonement & Amends Ceremony for Harms to the Non-Human Realm
A ceremony in community to offer atonement through chant, imagery, poetry, community
Time & Location
Feb 03, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
About the event
Hosted by Charity and Thanissara for PAEAN’s Vegan Journey Sangha
We had a wonderful gathering of hearts and minds at our last PAEAN Vegan Journey event, “Waking Up to Speciesism, Together”. We reflected on the ways in which othering of non-human animals and plants shows up in our lives, habits, and choices, and how our dharma practices of compassion and wisdom support us in seeing and ending the harms we cause. We had a range of people in attendance, from those who have hunted to long-time vegans, all of us on a journey of inquiry and curiosity with this topic.
The desire to atone and make amends for harms we’ve caused our animal and Earthen relatives was palpable, so we are moved to offer a simple ceremony to honor these feelings and all the beings. This will mark the beginning of a new Vegan Journey Sangha, meeting every 6-8 weeks, with the topic for each meeting rising organically based on the group’s wishes.
Our upcoming ceremony will include prayer, a shrine to the animal and Earthen world, a simple chant, and space for participants to offer a message of atonement for taking life and perpetuating harm. We hope you’ll join us for this opportunity to make living amends in community, witnessing and supporting each other in kindness and love for all beings.
-- A photo or piece of artwork or physical object to add to the shrine (we request you send a jpg or png ahead of time so we can put them together, email to firstname.lastname@example.org) You can also make your offering to your own shrine, or after the ceremony to a special place in nature.
-- Something to share (could be a poem, song, prose) to offer atonement