April 03, 2024

“Dzogchen in Everyday Life” – 8th Episode: Fear of uncertainty and the unknown

As a continuation of the series, the “relief of emotions on a daily basis”, we are dedicating a special series on families of emotions directly linked to ongoing climate upheavals.

In this “Dzogchen in Everyday Life” eighth episode, Mila Khyentse Rinpoche and Damien Cavrois, take a closer look at the fear of uncertainty and the anxiety we may feel about the future and its changing conditions.

Host: Marie-Laure.

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Few of us are really clear about our emotions, especially when they affect the deeper structures of our being, other species and the earth itself. Yet these emotions are increasingly present in our lives, and we feel often powerless about it. Is there anything we can do? Certainly, according to Mila Khyentse Rinpoche and Damien Cavrois.


Dzogchen is a directly accessible tradition that can be practiced in a variety of ways in our daily lives, focusing on liberation from suffering and the means to achieve it. In this episode, Mila Khyentse Rinpoche and Damien Cavrois, climbing arborist and gardener, explore some aspects of fear or anxiety in the face of an uncertain future.

Recap & Takeaways

In this podcast, Mila Khyentse Rinpoche and Damien Cavrois discuss :

1 Damien’s observations on climate change as a climbing arborist and gardener (3’)

2 The emotions felt as a gardener but also as a father in that respect (6’16)

3 What is eco-anxiety and how Dzogchen tradition defines it (10’)

4 The anxiety linked to the unknown conditions of the future (11’49)

5 Damien testimony on how Dzogchen benefited him on anxiety (16’22)

6 Gaining lucidity to find the right antidote: Mila Khyentse’s very simple practice to sooth eco-anxiety. (19’27)


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