“Now is the time to create new rituals
for remembering and mourning those we have lost,
and for celebrating and making commitments
to those remaining.”

RDLS logo by Julia Peddie

With attention to individuals, whole species and whole communities caught in the crossfire of human insecurity and violent competition, Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th, honors communal losses and celebrates the regenerative power of mourning ritual.

Extinction Witness is one in a growing coalition of artists, educators, museum curators, scientists and writers forwarding Remembrance Day for Lost Species, which is supported by the MEMO project and Extinction Symbol. For Remembrance Day 2016, Extinction Witness again offers Joy Giving: 108 Bell Rings in Bozeman, Montana. Please see event details below with invitation to join from afar in the joy giving practice.

World Wildlife Fund’s Living Blue Plane Report 2015 suggests that Earth has lost half its non-human population in the last 40 years. Human population increased by 55% in same time period.

The human bubble has busted. Humans, like all other organisms, do not exist and will not survive in a vacuum of their own. Organisms need one another.

To remove every plant from the field except those I wish to eat is not only cruel, it’s my suicide. As to clear the forest and plant oil palm trees is not only genocide, it’s the cutter’s suicide. (‘Refuge In Community’ 12.18.2015)

As the nightmare of mass species extinction - an estimated 75 to 200 species lost per day - dawns on those who have temporarily ‘thrived’ in the delusion of the isolated Dream, we are shocked into action.

Actively grieving communal losses born of insecurity and innocent ignorance is, for some, a first response. For others, among them artists and healers, actively and creatively grieving is the response.

Visit Lost Species Day website to read the blog, connect with Remembrance Day coordinators, and access the 2016 map of global events. Be sure to notice the opportunity to record and share events.

Also read “Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?” by Jeremy Hance at The Guardian (11.19.2016)

@LostSpeciesDay #LostSpecies

Listen to dialogue on Remembrance Day for Lost Species, Discovery Doctrine, and 108 bell rings practice with Megan Hollingsworth and Linda Lombardo at Voice of Evolution Radio.
please note: The resting or background rate of species extinction is estimated to be about 10 species lost each year, the present species extinction rate is estimated at 75 to 200 species lost daily, not annually. The teaching "grief is praise" originates of Martín Prechtel's work. Please see Martín's book 'The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise'.

“Raising human consciousness in the world is the most
important thing that needs to happen right now.”

– Isha Foundation

International Remembrance Day for Lost Species 11.30.2016, Extinction Witness and Your Yoga offer morning bell ringing for joy giving in Bozeman Montana.

Joy Giving 108 Bell Rings is the practice of moving through emotions associated with past, present, and anticipated experience. Some schools of Buddhism instruct that there are 108 feelings. 108 is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and then again by past, present and future, to total 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108. ( Bhante Gunaratana )

On Remembrance Day for Lost Species, Joy Giving with Lost Species 108 Bell Rings is practiced with specific attention to communal losses. We practice to relieve individuals of burden and inspire resolved action in service to communal well-being.

Extinction Witness’ 2016 Joy Giving practice is focused on ‘Grieving Discovery’ and the total cost of a doctrine that has long made legitimate by law the exploitation, removal and murder of men, women, and children, all non-human organisms, and whole communities. Read ‘Grieving Discovery’ by Megan Hollingsworth at Lost Species Day.

Wherever you are, the practice is. Please join in person if you are in Bozeman and in spirit through the practice where you are. If you are not in Bozeman, please consider gathering with at least one other for sharing the practice in person and practice at your convenience any time during Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th.

Also visit Lost Species Day website to see the breadth of Remembrance Day offerings and to register an offering on the global map (see Participate page) if you are so led.


event details

Day: Wednesday 11.30.2016

Time (MST): 5:45 AM to 7:15 AM

Location: Your Yoga, 20 EAST MAIN STREET, BOZEMAN, Montana

Preparation: This Joy Giving practice begins with asana practice and includes extended savasana for the bell ringing. Please bring a mat and dress accordingly. Mats are rented for $1 at the studio.

Instructors: Megan Hollingsworth, Extinction Witness writer and creative director, introduces Discovery Doctrine and Joy Giving practice, and rings bell 108 times (during savasana). Aditi Mukherjee guides morning asana practice and Cache Hartzell guides evening asana practice.

Cost: Joy Giving with Lost Species 108 Bell Rings is a donation-based offering. Contributions go to support Extinction Witness, a collaborative art project focused on personal and planetary peacemaking through compassionate creative witness to unnecessary loss, inevitable change, benevolent genius, and mystery. Donations may be made in advance online through the Extinction Witness support page or in cash at Your Yoga November 30th. Recommended donation is $10. Online contributions enable a percentage of donations direct to groups engaged in on-the-ground community protection and renewal.

Everyone Welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Extinction Witness is one in a growing coalition of artists, educators, museum curators, scientists and writers forwarding Remembrance Day for Lost Species, which is supported by the MEMO project and Extinction Symbol.

Visit the Joy Giving with Lost Species 108 Bell Rings Facebook event page to register your attendance.

Why 108?

Vedic mathematicians viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. 108 also connects Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of Sun and Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. This is why 108 mala beads.

Multiple significant appearances of 108 gives rise to ritual use.

In Japan, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring of the bell represents one of 108 earthly temptations (Bonnō) a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.

More on 108 at Isha Foundation.

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