Compassion In Action

What can Buddhism offer to the climate change crisis?

On Sun, 4 October, 2015 - 20:23
mokshini's picture

I would be interested to hear responses to this question. What do you see that dharma practicioners can uiquely contribute to the issues of climate change, if anything? 

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hearthstone's picture

To start benefiting all beings here and now in this world:

O Bodhisattvas!

Please help! One thing in every Bodhisattva’s practice these days stands out: no matter how hard we practice, so that all beings (all beings without an exception) benefit, the conditions for life in this world continue to deteriorate at ever increasing pace. What can be going wrong? Why isn’t the quality of life for all beings here and now improving? The reason that things in this world generally are going from bad to worse is that we don’t have a clear idea, a clear thought in our minds of how should all life in this world be accommodated optimally, so that all beings exist in harmony with all others. Due to our working towards different objectives (because there is no clearly defined, collectively held idea of what this world should be like at its optimum), there is no chance for conditions for all life here and now to become optimal ever. What needs to be done is that we all agree on what actually the optimal conditions for all life on Earth should be. Then, while we work towards the same, by all of us agreed upon goal, not anymore sorting out our differences in real life (which is very costly in time, resources, and lives), we stand a much better chance of seeing the tide turning, and seeing the conditions for all life on Earth starting, actually, improving! That all beings (all beings with no exceptions) benefit optimally fully here and now is very important, because here and now is forever in all three times and all directions of space. If all beings don’t benefit by our actions here and now, they never will. Here and now is all we have ever. All beings have to benefit fully here and now! Bodhisattvas! What kind of a world should the Earth be to accommodate all life optimally? How shall we unify, harmonize all our individual ideas about what this world should be like ideally so that we all work towards one clearly defined objective? Some ideas how this could be done are presented at www.ModelEarth.Org . May all differences, all controversies, all conflicts, and all complaints that there are in this world among all beings be resolved peacefully without any delays! May all these be prevented from ever arising by using what-so-ever expedient, skillful, effective, appropriate, and wholesome means! May this come to pass by the power of all true Bodhisattvas ever merit! !OmManiPadmeHum! May all beings, without an exception, benefit to the utmost by this action in all ways possible, spiritually and materially alike, starting with all beings that there are here and now. May humans voluntarily become fully and truly forever transparently sustainable for their own good and for the benefit of all beings! May the Great Enlightenment start happening here and now, or else it will never happen! Relevant: Creating Lasting Peace- www.ModelEarth.Org/peace.html Mahayana: Philosophy for Sustainability- www.ModelEarth.Org/mahaecosoc.html Why Prayers, Meditations, Wishes, and Any Such Don’t Help to Establish a Lasting Peace in the World- www.ModelEarth.Org/praypeace.html This Paradise Earth: Philosophy in Practice www.ModelEarth.Org/paradise.html Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone - www.ModelEarth.Org .

Gambhiraja's picture

One first thing is to join in the global action day. Our Kempsey-Macleay Valley Sangha will join, on the riverbank in our rural location, and talk about what we are doing individually and as a group to stay responsible and inspired for the welfare of the earth. Sea-level rises, river floods and higher average temperatures are the obvious factors we are facing here, but it isn’t just us here of course we know it is affecting you too dear friends!