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A Brutal Year Ends as Extinction Rebellion Rise
In this intensely personal piece, Thanissara reflects on the events of 2018 and the unprecedented challenges to humanity they represent. She invites us to perceive their deep roots in the domination mindset and how we can, out of sheer necessity, respond with a fierce clarity of heart.
Once again, as part of Earth Care Week, we invite Sangha's around the world to turn the light of the Dharma towards the ecological crises we all face and the possibility of an empowered, connected and even joyful response.
Eco-Dharma...must confront whiteness and privilege in order to "create earnest inter-dependent communities that understand that different people have different privilege and abilities," and seek to act on that understanding.
"The Bodhisattva precepts extend from the idea that bodhicitta, or wise compassion, is the ground of ethical action and speech. We too can ground our activism, social engagement, and resistance in wise compassion." Lama Willa Miller offers five practices that can help us face the immense challenge of climate disruption and ecological crises in general.
In writing about the ecodharma of not eating meat, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says, "The most striking quality that humans and animals have in common is the capacity to experience suffering."
The Ulex Project
The new Ulex Project is one of three strands of training offered by the EcoDharma Centre -- training to thrive in, and bring healing to, damaged terrain.
Caring for the Earth as Buddhist Practice
Buddhism emphasizes that our individual actions affect the world around us, and it follows that caring for the natural world begins with each of us.
Interview with Norman Fischer
Norman Fisher notes that because the challenge of climate change is a matter of "...human beings thinking and behaving in a way that’s guaranteed to compound our problems," Zen practices have something vital to offer.
Following the People's Climate Mobilization, we might ask "was that effective?" or "what next?" In her warm and wise letter to new activists, long-time engaged environmentalist, Sarah Vekasi, addresses the importance of a mindful approach to becoming and staying engaged.
"On April 29th ...I will be marching not only on behalf of people here in the U.S. but on behalf of people all around the world... especially those whose voices will never reach our leaders." Join Bhikkhu Bodhi and hundreds of ecosattvas at the People's Climate Mobilization. Here's why this mobilization is crucial.