The Assumption of Longevity with Catherine Ingram & Stephen Jenkinson ~ A Conversation
June 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 19th, 7:30-8:3-pm EST (June 20th at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, in Melbourne VIC, Australia)
How do we continue to live in an increasingly uncertain future? Does the assumption of living to old age need to die? And how do we carry on in the meantime if it does?
Join beloved dharma teacher, journalist and author Catherine Ingram and master storyteller and spiritual activist Stephen Jenkinson as they address themes of uncertainty, presence, the spell of future fantasies, and the erroneous assumption of “guaranteed time.”
With average lifespans in most first world countries reaching into the seventies and eighties for the past few decades, many Western cultures have lived with never-before expectations of longevity.
With this has come the tendency to postpone carpe diem, seizing the day, and we instead fritter away our lives, “tranquillized by the trivial” as Kierkegaard said, and thinking that we have plenty of time. But we now live with increasing existential threats wherein, once again, the assumption of long life can, and perhaps should, be challenged.
Join us for a conversation to wake from a distracted trance into a potent, honest, and clarifying reality.
About Stephen Jenkinson
Stephen is an author, storyteller, culture activist, and founder of Orphan Wisdom, a teaching house for skills of deep living in endangered and endangering times. He is the author of the life-changing book Die Wise and also tends farm, mends broken handles and fences, teaches and performs internationally, and sometimes succumbs to interviews.
About Catherine Ingram
Catherine is an international dharma teacher and author of In the Footsteps of Gandhi, Passionate Presence, and A Crack in Everything. Her long-form essay “Facing Extinction, which she wrote in 2019, has been downloaded over a million times. A former journalist specializing in empathic activism, Catherine has led silent retreats and public seminars called Dharma Dialogues for the past thirty years. She is president of Living Dharma and is a board member of Global Animal, which advocates for animal rights, and of Resilient Byron, which plans resilient and regenerative projects in the Byron Shire of Australia.