The Burning House: A Buddhist response to the climate and ecological emergency with Shantigarbha
Sunday July 26
West Coast USA 08.00 | Mexico 10.00 | East Coast USA 11.00 | UK & IE 16.00 | Europe 17.00 CET | India 20.30 | Australia EST 01.00 (Monday 27) | New Zealand 03.00
Since Shantigarbha heard Greta Thunberg tell the European Parliament to act as if our house is on fire, he’s been fascinated by the connection between our current climate and ecological emergency and the parable of the Burning House from the White Lotus Sutra. What can the parable tell us about how to deal with our current predicament? In what sense is our current predicament a crisis of empathy?
Join us for a 2 hour workshop with input from the White Lotus Sutra and other texts, guided reflections and a space for mourning.
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Just for the record, not everyone involved in the Triratna Buddhist Movement thinks that there is a climate emergency. I make this point not to start a debate (online debates about climate change invariably end up in fruitless arguments), or to belittle Shantigarbha’s offering, but to let any readers out there who happen to be climate sceptics know that Shantigarbha’s opinion is not Triratna’s official position. I wouldn’t you feel that Triratna is not for you on account of this issue.
Shantigarbha’s text speaks of ‘mourning’. I don’t think that we need to mourn the world. If you’d like to read something more cheerful, have a look at this, by environmentalist Michael Shellenberger: