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Doshin
11-07-2018, 09:03 AM
Metta to all the other living beings

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2018/oct/30/wwf-report-warns-annihilation-of-wildlife-threatens-civilisation-video

Jundo
11-07-2018, 10:06 AM
I just posted this comment to Brad Warner's latest talk saying that Buddhists had best not be concerned about such issues as Buddhists ...


Just so folks know, not all Buddhists need agree with Brad. Our concern for this planet, for society and our fellow human beings can be informed by the Precepts, Zazen and all our Buddhist Practice, and it is fine for Buddhist folks to approach such issues as part of our Practice. Brad expresses but one view. It does not have to be so for everyone even if he may prefer to use bandwidth to express his personal opinion that Buddhists should not be involved in social issues as Buddhists (itself a political statement by Brad as a Buddhist no matter how one disguises it, because most people don't come here because of his views on bass guitars). So, to each their own. Some are free to choose to talk about monster movies instead. To pick weeds in the garden or clean our bowls can be Zen Practice when known as such, as can picking the weeds of problems in this world and cleaning the environment. Not all Buddhists need agree on what is the right course or whom to vote for, but do not forget that choosing not to act is also an act with effects. By the way, one vote cannot change anything ... except if you are from Florida, when I am from, when a couple of hundred votes can sometimes change everything. No less, it is also a basic Buddhist teaching that a mountain can be moved one grain at a time. Gassho, Jundo


A video for good Buddhist folks and everyone to watch. If we take care of the temples made of wood, we can take care of the temple which is our world.


The 2018 Living Planet report from the WWF has found that a shocking 60% of the earth's mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been lost since 1970. The findings have led the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2018/oct/30/wwf-report-warns-annihilation-of-wildlife-threatens-civilisation-video



We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN
Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

Gassho, J

STLah

Tairin
11-07-2018, 01:51 PM
Metta for our planet and for all that live on it. The crisis feels overwhelming but we can all do our part and it will take sacrifice on all our part.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah and hugged a tree.

Doshin
11-07-2018, 01:55 PM
Thank you Jundo for raising your voice on these issues. I posted on Face Book recently my sesnse of being out of sync with the world around me since the issues I believe critical to us all and the sustainability of life are seldom talked about on the news or by the politiicans whose role it is to help lead us. Nowhere during our election in the US did this arise that I saw.

Another thread on our forum discusses Face Book and how it relates to the Precepts That gave me pause last night. My posts are almost all about wildlife and conservation. I can post a picture of a beautiful lizard and been inundated with likes but when I post something about the topic I mentioned above the lack of comments or likes is deafening. The lack of response is the most troublesome to me. In fact it makes me consider deactivating FB so not be so affecteted. In my youth I would just speak louder but now I think silence is preferable.

Gassho
Doshin
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Shokai
11-07-2018, 02:03 PM
gassho2

Shingen
11-07-2018, 02:25 PM
Thank you Doshin ... much metta and peace to this beautiful planet and all who share it.

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Kokuu
11-07-2018, 02:44 PM
A timely post, Doshin.

The environmental issues of our time seem so vast it is hard to know where to start but becoming informed is an important start. Humans have had a huge impact on the lives of other sentient beings and we really need to address the fact we are not the only organisms to inhabit this small blue planet but we are the ones who have the ability to slow or halt many impending extinctions.

Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Shoki
11-07-2018, 03:41 PM
Thanks Doshin for this info. I read this same thing on a news site a few days ago and immediately there were comments at the bottom saying it was all not true. There are always going to be a large segment of society that is going to shoot down something like this for business, political, etc. reasons. If you are let's say a plastics manufacturer, you better come up with something saying the plastic found in the stomachs of wildlife is not really true because blah, blah, blah. If you are an elected politician who gets votes promising less regulation on businesses responsible for this, you're going to downplay it. Some will say; it does not matter because God will take care of everything. It gets kind of discouraging.

Gassho/LAH
Sat Today
James

Shinshi
11-07-2018, 03:52 PM
Thank you for sharing Doshin. And thank you Jundo for your reply to Brad. It is such a weird time in the world today. Much Strum and Drang about things of minor importance and total silence about critical issues.

Gassho, Shinshi

SaT-LaH

Shoka
11-07-2018, 09:52 PM
My posts are almost all about wildlife and conservation. I can post a picture of a beautiful lizard and been inundated with likes but when I post something about the topic I mentioned above the lack of comments or likes is deafening. The lack of response is the most troublesome to me. In fact it makes me consider deactivating FB so not be so affecteted. In my youth I would just speak louder but now I think silence is preferable.


Doshin,

Thank you for the post.

I find that often when people don't feel there is anything they can saw to help, or positive to do that they don't want to interact. Which is why pretty photos of things get more likes and comments, than a thoughful post (without a picture) which might take time and thought to reply to.

But I believe there is a need to presist. If we say, "well no one replied, so I'm not going to post anymore." Then the topic doesn't get shared anymore. Often I hope that at least if I share something it might make someone think about it for a few minutes and maybe affect them somehow. I don't stand and yell on a soapbox anymore; just put it out there and hope that it makes a difference.

Gassho,

Shoka
sattoday

Washin
11-13-2018, 08:11 AM
gassho2

Gassho,
Washin
ST

Doshin
11-21-2018, 06:24 PM
I just posted this comment to Brad Warner's latest talk saying that Buddhists had best not be concerned about such issues as Buddhists ...



Gassho, J

STLah


As you said Jundo, we need this perspective from all

As Gus Speth has said, and resonates with my career...

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

Meitou
11-28-2018, 07:04 AM
As you said Jundo, we need this perspective from all

As Gus Speth has said, and resonates with my career...

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

And this is where we can start, by addressing our own selfishness, greed and apathy and start making changes, a step at a time. I think we need to have faith that even the smallest things can add up and make a difference. From an interest in the Japanese tradition of boro - patchwork mending of clothes - I've suddenly become aware of so many good people on Instagram who are dedicating themselves not only to upcycling and repurposing, but are also inspiring and encouraging others to do the same, not in huge projects but in simple everyday things like visibly mending clothes instead of throwing them away, and in doing so highlighting the terrible damage and waste that goes on in the fashion industry, something I was unaware of. At the same time they sing out what they do as a joyful creative activity available to everyone.
I'm not using FB at the moment because of Ango, but I've decided that when I start again, I'm going to photograph my attempts at living a more sustainable less consumer driven life. As you say, people do respond to pretty pictures, so maybe they can be used to subtly inform as well as entertain. It's a small step, but as we know, small steps can take us a long way.
Don't give up!
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday

Nanrin
11-29-2018, 12:10 AM
And this is where we can start, by addressing our own selfishness, greed and apathy and start making changes, a step at a time. I think we need to have faith that even the smallest things can add up and make a difference. From an interest in the Japanese tradition of boro - patchwork mending of clothes - I've suddenly become aware of so many good people on Instagram who are dedicating themselves not only to upcycling and repurposing, but are also inspiring and encouraging others to do the same, not in huge projects but in simple everyday things like visibly mending clothes instead of throwing them away, and in doing so highlighting the terrible damage and waste that goes on in the fashion industry, something I was unaware of. At the same time they sing out what they do as a joyful creative activity available to everyone.
I'm not using FB at the moment because of Ango, but I've decided that when I start again, I'm going to photograph my attempts at living a more sustainable less consumer driven life. As you say, people do respond to pretty pictures, so maybe they can be used to subtly inform as well as entertain. It's a small step, but as we know, small steps can take us a long way.
Don't give up!
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday

Thank you for your comment Meitou. I agree that we can all start by looking at ourselves and reducing greed and selfishness. It can be hard to see our own greed at times because society usually teaches us it's ok to waste, it's ok consume a lot in many, many ways. The truth is we don't need much to live happily.

I like the idea of using Facebook or other platforms to beautify sustainable living. I might start posting on Facebook for that reason. I don't really have much to say about myself to the public so I only post a few times a year. Usually my pictures are shared with individual friends and family members I talk to. Perhaps it's time to change that to help influence others.

Gassho,

Maitri

St

Doshin
11-29-2018, 01:39 AM
Yes Meitou, as you say we can make a difference if each of us takes steps in the right direction. As several Sangha members who follow me on FB know, I mainly post conservation stories and pictures of wildlife (all with the intent to inform and inspire appreciation for the natural world). The big steps need to be taken by governments, which some are doing, others not so much. That is where my interest in Engaged Buddhism comes in as Jundo addressed above.

I have not given up even after 50 plus years of effort in both my career and personal life (some would say I have no life outside of conservation/environment, I am okay with that). Let me paraprhase (even if I get the facts wrong with my foggy memory) a Buddhist monk who made the trek out of Tibet after the Chinese invaded the land. He was asked how he made such a long journey over the mountains..his response, "one step at a time". However, some of my friends and colleagues did loose hope along the way. My philosophy is you got to try even if the challenges seem insurmountable, the alternative has never been acceptable to me.

Gassho
Doshin
stlah

Doshin
11-29-2018, 01:41 PM
A few months ago my wife and I traveled to see a premier of a documentary “Living in the Futures Past”. The movie is now avaialable via Itunes and probably other venues. I do not know if it can be viewed for free yet...I assume they are still working on recovering production cost. It takes a look at the challenges discussed here from a different perspective. A perspective my Sangha sisters and brothers can relate to. A trailer;

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zWpwIA7iawg

For those who have seen it or do I would appreciate your thoughts.

Gassho
Doshin
Stlah

Jakuden
11-29-2018, 08:22 PM
Thank you Doshin I will watch it when I can, it looks really interesting.
Gassho
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH


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Tairin
12-02-2018, 02:37 PM
I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.

This is a great quote.

My wife and I were talking about the environment etc a few weeks ago. We were talking about Trump and Premier Ford here in Ontario and their recent moves to undermine many of the protections previously put into place. That led to a discussion about what we as individuals can do. Frankly we (my wife and I) have done a lot to reduce our environmental footprint but it isn’t zero, there is likely a lot more we can do but that gets into a tricky place. How much does an individual give up? Yes every drop in the bucket helps but if you are the only one putting in drops then that bucket is going to take a long time to fill.

The fact is that the earth needs people to make radical changes to their lifestyles and although I like to think that most of my family and friends are sympathetic to the concerns of our environment I don’t believe many of them are willing to make sacrifices to their lifestyles and will find excuses as to why they can’t make changes.

As much as I hate to say it, I think it is going to need the situation to be far more critical before people start making real change.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Meitou
12-03-2018, 08:33 PM
As much as I hate to say it, I think it is going to need the situation to be far more critical before people start making real change.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

This is my fear too Tairin, in fact I think by the time people stop living in denial, wake up, and realise that they need to take action, it will be too late.

Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday/lah

Tairin
12-04-2018, 05:11 PM
Further to the discussion on reducing our impacts on the earth, this article appeared on CBC news site. While the target audience is Canadians I think the applicability is world wide.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/food-climate-change-carbon-footprint-1.4930062

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Doshin
12-31-2018, 03:45 PM
I stareted this thread with “bad” news about the state of biodiversity. As the year comes to an end I share something hopeful

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/swiss-businessman-is-contributing-1-billion-towards-protecting-30-of-the-planet/

My New Years resolution...I vow to continue my efforts to save all sentient beings and encourage others. To ensure that I do include humans in this vow I also agreed to be a member of our very rural Volunteer Fire Department :)


Doshin
Stlah

Doshin
03-05-2019, 05:19 PM
I am not sure if many visit this thread but I am persistent. It is my nature when it comes to biodiversity. Those Face Book and Instagram Friends know I seldom venture far from biodiversity. With that said I have ordered two new books that I want to share. First one that came out in January 2019 is by a teacher who sat with us a while back.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy (January 2019) and Green Buddhism: Practices and Compassionate Activism in Uncertain Times by Stephanie Kaza (March 2019)

This is a major part of my path. So if anyone reads either of these books and would like to leave comments in this thread I would be delighted to learn your perspectives.

Doshin
st

Washin
03-06-2019, 07:11 AM
I am not sure if many visit this thread but I am persistent. It is my nature when it comes to biodiversity. Those Face Book and Instagram Friends know I seldom venture far from biodiversity. With that said I have ordered two new books that I want to share. First one that came out in January 2019 is by a teacher who sat with us a while back.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy (January 2019) and Green Buddhism: Practices and Compassionate Activism in Uncertain Times by Stephanie Kaza (March 2019)

This is a major part of my path. So if anyone reads either of these books and would like to leave comments in this thread I would be delighted to learn your perspectives.

Doshin
st

Thank you, Doshin. The books sound interesting and I'll have a look some later.

Gassho
Washin
ST

Seibu
03-06-2019, 09:18 AM
Thank you for sharing Doshin. I put both books on my wish list because I'm a big fan of Engaged Buddhism.

Gassho,
Jack
SatToday

Shingen
03-06-2019, 02:11 PM
I am not sure if many visit this thread but I am persistent. It is my nature when it comes to biodiversity. Those Face Book and Instagram Friends know I seldom venture far from biodiversity. With that said I have ordered two new books that I want to share. First one that came out in January 2019 is by a teacher who sat with us a while back.

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy (January 2019) and Green Buddhism: Practices and Compassionate Activism in Uncertain Times by Stephanie Kaza (March 2019)

This is a major part of my path. So if anyone reads either of these books and would like to leave comments in this thread I would be delighted to learn your perspectives.

Doshin
st

Thank you Doshin. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Nengei
03-06-2019, 02:20 PM
Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy (January 2019) and Green Buddhism: Practices and Compassionate Activism in Uncertain Times by Stephanie Kaza (March 2019)

This is a major part of my path. So if anyone reads either of these books and would like to leave comments in this thread I would be delighted to learn your perspectives.


Thank you, Doshin-san. This is right up my alley, so to speak. I am looking forward to reading these texts.

Gassho,
然芸 Nengei
Sat today. LAH.
You deserve to be happy.
You deserve to be loved.

Jundo
03-06-2019, 03:09 PM
I am writing a new book called "Zen of the Future" ... about Zen in the future! :) Zen in a world of robots and AI, DNA splicing and virtual reality, nano tech and 3D printing, etc.

A chapter will be on Buddhist and Zen inspired economics, and part of that will be on ecology. I will be in touch to consult with you, Doshin, when I get to that part.

Gassho, J

STLah

Heiso
03-14-2019, 12:31 PM
I'm very glad to find this thread. As I get increasingly more concerned about the environment it's easy to become overwhelmed so thank you for starting this.

Gassho,

Neil

ST

Doshin
04-22-2019, 11:57 PM
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If the image is too small to read...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Aldo Leopold



My first teacher of Interdependence. His teachings began my path and continue to center me. He died 3 years before I was born and I became his student at the age of 19

Today is Earth Day. A time not only to reflect but for me to renew “my” engagement. “I” vow to save all sentient beings

Shingen
04-23-2019, 02:05 AM
5619

If the image is too small to read...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Aldo Leopold



My first teacher of Interdependence. His teachings began my path and continue to center me. He died 3 years before I was born and I became his student at the age of 19

Today is Earth Day. A time not only to reflect but engage. vow to save all sentient beingsThank you Doshin. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Meitou
04-23-2019, 07:31 AM
5619

If the image is too small to read...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Aldo Leopold



My first teacher of Interdependence. His teachings began my path and continue to center me. He died 3 years before I was born and I became his student at the age of 19

Today is Earth Day. A time not only to reflect but engage. vow to save all sentient beings

Thank you for this Doshin, I had not heard of Aldo Leopold, I'll start with A Sand County Almanac.
At the moment my escapist reading is Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, which feels more like prediction than fiction right now.

Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday lah

Washin
04-23-2019, 08:50 AM
5619

If the image is too small to read...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Aldo Leopold



My first teacher of Interdependence. His teachings began my path and continue to center me. He died 3 years before I was born and I became his student at the age of 19

Today is Earth Day. A time not only to reflect but engage. vow to save all sentient beings

gassho2

Heiso
04-23-2019, 04:42 PM
I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Extinction Rebellion camp in London today and hope to do so a few more times this week. It seemed a good opportunity to spend some time with people trying to make positive change happen.

I'm not sure how widely know the movement is outside of the UK: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/extinction-rebellion-arrests-warning-parliament-square

Gassho,

Neil

Doshin
04-23-2019, 06:30 PM
I
I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Extinction Rebellion camp in London today and hope to do so a few more times this week. It seemed a good opportunity to spend some time with people trying to make positive change happen.

I'm not sure how widely know the movement is outside of the UK: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/extinction-rebellion-arrests-warning-parliament-square

Gassho,

Neil


Neil I know of them, but not sure of others . I am glad you want to engage. Thank you for your effort.

Gassho
Doshin
Stlah

Doshin
04-23-2019, 08:18 PM
Meitou

Sand County Almanac was given to me by a friend who had to read it for a class. That began my relationship with Aldo. I read him, met two of his children, quote him often, have visited “The Shack” several times (you will read of the shack) and was asked to read one of his books for advancement to candidacy in graduate school when I returned mid career.

Gassho
Doshin
Stlah

Joyo
04-24-2019, 01:54 AM
5619

If the image is too small to read...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Aldo Leopold



My first teacher of Interdependence. His teachings began my path and continue to center me. He died 3 years before I was born and I became his student at the age of 19

Today is Earth Day. A time not only to reflect but for me to renew “my” engagement. “I” vow to save all sentient beings

Thank you for sharing, Doshin.

Gassho,
Joyo
sat today/lah

Meitou
04-26-2019, 09:11 AM
I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Extinction Rebellion camp in London today and hope to do so a few more times this week. It seemed a good opportunity to spend some time with people trying to make positive change happen.

I'm not sure how widely know the movement is outside of the UK: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/extinction-rebellion-arrests-warning-parliament-square

Gassho,

Neil

Oh brilliant Neil, I'll be there in spirit!
Doshin, I'm just a few pages into the SCA, it's wonderful, so lyrically written, which I hadn't expected.
Thanks to all of you for your eco-practice gassho1

Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday lah

Doshin
06-12-2019, 08:32 PM
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/06/eo-wilson-conservation-legend-90-save-space-for-nature-save-planet/?fbclid=IwAR3Sc4hd6_ad4AMVMwajQaN3MzZAxV8zfOOpc2WU HqBXYVziCknJ7NKBsA0

Meitou
06-13-2019, 04:29 PM
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/06/eo-wilson-conservation-legend-90-save-space-for-nature-save-planet/?fbclid=IwAR3Sc4hd6_ad4AMVMwajQaN3MzZAxV8zfOOpc2WU HqBXYVziCknJ7NKBsA0

Great article, if only people could come together globally and agree to do this. I found some other good articles over there, one of which I'll be posting in the Eco Life thread, thank you for sharing this Doshin
Gassho
Meitou
sattodaylah

Doshin
06-14-2019, 11:13 PM
https://theunfoldingearth.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-protect-biodiversity/

Conserving, protecting and restoring biodiversity requires a global and landscape approach. However there are things that can and should be done locally. I came across this and wanted to share.

Doshin
06-21-2019, 11:15 AM
5779

Gassho
Doshin
St

Tairin
06-21-2019, 08:20 PM
5779

Gassho
Doshin
St

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Tairin
06-21-2019, 08:42 PM
An article from our friend David Loy. https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/growing-buddhist-movement-responding-ecological-crisis/. Hopefully this link works. It is a paid site but you should get a few free reads.

This quote struck me as particularly key.
We don’t need to “return to nature” but to realize that we’ve always been a part of it,

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Doshin
06-21-2019, 11:31 PM
An article from our friend David Loy. https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/growing-buddhist-movement-responding-ecological-crisis/. Hopefully this link works. It is a paid site but you should get a few free reads.

This quote struck me as particularly key.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Thank you.

Gassho
Doshin
St

Meitou
06-23-2019, 06:47 PM
That was a great article Tairin, thanks for posting, you beat me to it!
Gassho
Meitou
sattodaylah

Doshin
06-27-2019, 03:15 PM
As I have mentioned elsewhere...reversing the decline in biodiversity (considering we have lost half of the world’s wildlife..see an earlier post above) can seem daunting at the local level. Indeed it must take governments and international approaches. However we can do something. In the companion thread EcoLiving , those actions also have positive impacts on biodiversity. Pollinators, which are critical to our survival and many other species are also in decline in both species and numbers. Those of us with yards can create landscapes that provide habitat for pollinators (and many other species!). As I compose this I am listening to the hum of hundreds, if not thousands, of bees and wasps of many species visiting the plants which are now blooming. Of course the plants I chose are only suited for my ecoregion in the Southwest United States (and even more specific for a specific region at a certain elevation). Plant choices will depend on where you live.

Attached are some guidelines provided by the US Forest Service that may provide ideas to ignite your creative imagination for landscaping.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml

Gassho
Doshin
St

mateus.baldin
06-27-2019, 05:15 PM
As I have mentioned elsewhere...reversing the decline in biodiversity (considering we have lost half of the world’s wildlife..see an earlier post above) can seem daunting at the local level. Indeed it must take governments and international approaches. However we can do something. In the companion thread EcoLiving , those actions also have positive impacts on biodiversity. Pollinators, which are critical to our survival and many other species are also in decline in both species and numbers. Those of us with yards can create landscapes that provide habitat for pollinators (and many other species!). As I compose this I am listening to the hum of hundreds, if not thousands, of bees and wasps of many species visiting the plants which are now blooming. Of course the plants I chose are only suited for my ecoregion in the Southwest United States (and even more specific for a specific region at a certain elevation). Plant choices will depend on where you live.

Attached are some guidelines provided by the US Forest Service that may provide ideas to ignite your creative imagination for landscaping.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml

Gassho
Doshin
St

Thank you, Doshin for this suggestion.
I’m willing to create a garden here but then it and dry weather makes it almost impossible for traditional garden plants without an irrigation system or available time to water the plants. Perhaps native plants can be a better alternative for my garden and a good help for native pollinators.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today/LAH

Doshin
06-27-2019, 05:49 PM
Mateus,
Yes, natives are best choice! They are adapted to the area and local hydrology. And native pollinators evolved with them . Some water is necessary to get started. As you know I live in the desert. I used a rock mulch to help retain moisture but organic mulches do the job.

Doshin
St

mateus.baldin
06-27-2019, 07:07 PM
Mateus,
Yes, natives are best choice! They are adapted to the area and local hydrology. And native pollinators evolved with them . Some water is necessary to get started. As you know I live in the desert. I used a rock mulch to help retain moisture but organic mulches do the job.

Doshin
St

Thank you again for the tip.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat/LAH

Heiso
06-28-2019, 01:55 PM
Thank you, Doshin for this suggestion.
I’m willing to create a garden here but then it and dry weather makes it almost impossible for traditional garden plants without an irrigation system or available time to water the plants. Perhaps native plants can be a better alternative for my garden and a good help for native pollinators.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today/LAH

Have you looked at drip feed irrigation systems on a timer or is that not an option? There are also cunning ways to slow release water with clay pots, although I've not tried it yet: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/clay-pot-irrigation-simple-adaptation-ancient-technique.

We're lucky in that we can plant lots of pollinators. My favourite being Comfrey which not only attracts every bee in town but can then be used to make a great liquid fertiliser and it's often considered a weed! Being in the UK a lack of water isn't really an issue though so we don't have to get that creative!

Gassho,

Neil

StLaH

mateus.baldin
06-28-2019, 06:54 PM
Have you looked at drip feed irrigation systems on a timer or is that not an option? There are also cunning ways to slow release water with clay pots, although I've not tried it yet: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/clay-pot-irrigation-simple-adaptation-ancient-technique.

We're lucky in that we can plant lots of pollinators. My favourite being Comfrey which not only attracts every bee in town but can then be used to make a great liquid fertiliser and it's often considered a weed! Being in the UK a lack of water isn't really an issue though so we don't have to get that creative!

Gassho,

Neil

StLaH

Thank you, Neil.
I never really thought about irrigation systems with timers. Although my garden is really, really small, so I don't know about it. Besides, I don't have much money to spent in the garden right now. But I'll look at it. Thank you.
I'm realy worried about the pollinators in my region, as the great agricultural business is dominating the region and our President is making easy for it to use huge amounts of pesticides. I really don't trust Brazilian agricuture anymore. We are already seen the effects of these policies. IN my home State, some traditional apicultural regions are in decline, as the bees have all died. Small producers are now facing a hard year, and the prospect is not very good.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today/LAH

Tairin
06-30-2019, 12:29 AM
This blog by Domyo Burk will appeal to the followers of this and the Eco-Life thread

https://zenstudiespodcast.com/buddhists-address-the-climate-emergency/

This is the first time I’ve heard of Extinction Rebellion. I see they have a chapter here in my city so I’ll investigate them a bit more


gassho
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Tairin
07-06-2019, 11:53 AM
The article is perhaps overly optimistic but I like the simplicity of this approach and it would certainly be viable in conjunction with other measures. Help the earth heal itself.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/tree-planting-climate-change-1.5201102

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Meitou
07-07-2019, 08:13 PM
Tairin, let us know how you get on with the Extinction Rebellion group, I've joined them online and today have signed a pledge with them not to buy any clothes for a year.

The idea of planting trees is simple and effective - and from what I've seen in the UK it's much needed. Property developers are destroying swathes of trees to make way for new housing, without replanting in any way. In order to get around protests about habitat for birds, they are starting to net trees in areas that they are earmarking for development, so that birds are forced to go elsewhere and therefore there are no birds for people to protest about when the time comes.

Thanks for both of those posts.
Gassho
Meitou
sattoday

Tairin
07-17-2019, 09:12 PM
Similar to the article on trees I pointed to above. Here is one about how elephants can help fight climate change.

https://theconversation.com/forest-elephants-are-our-allies-in-the-fight-against-climate-change-finds-research-120440

I like articles like this because it shows that the Earth is able to heal itself if humans will let it. Yes it needs a little bit of our help but given how much we’ve taken it seems like the least we could do. Plus we are of this Earth, not separate from it.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Rob H
07-18-2019, 01:35 PM
As Gus Speth has said, and resonates with my career...

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
This, in my opinion, is the crux of many issues facing the world today. I completely agree with the above quote and it concerns me greatly. Not just for my children but for all people now and the future generations.

Gassho.
Rob.

ST

Jundo
07-18-2019, 03:09 PM
As Gus Speth has said, and resonates with my career...

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

My new book, Zen of the Future!, will say what needs to be done.

Gassho, J

STLah

Jundo
07-19-2019, 11:35 AM
Climate change is killing the world's coral reefs. But it's not the only factor turning them into white, dead husks. According to a new study, all the chemicals humans are dumping into the ocean are making it easier for the hotter weather to do its deadly work.

The research paper, published online Monday (July 15) in the journal Marine Biology, is based on data collected over three decades from the Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area in the Florida Keys. Coral coverage declined from 33% in 1984 to just 6% in 2008 in that sanctuary. Even as temperatures have trended upward globally, average local temperatures didn't change much during the study period. This allowed researchers to disentangle a number of different problems sickening (or "bleaching") the reef.

...

A great deal of the effect of these added nutrients could be mitigated by improved water-treatment plants, the researchers noted. Most of the nitrogen in runoff doesn't pour right off the land into the sea during rainstorms, but instead passes through water-treatment plants that fail to remove the chemical.

In Dutch-controlled regions of the Caribbean, the researchers noted in a statement, improved sewage-treatment plants do pull nitrogen out of the water. And in those places, coral reefs are faring better than they are off the coast of Florida, the scientists pointed out.

https://www.livescience.com/65958-florida-coral-reefs-nitrogen.html

Gassho, J

STLah

Seibu
07-20-2019, 09:11 AM
The idea of planting trees is simple and effective - and from what I've seen in the UK it's much needed. Property developers are destroying swathes of trees to make way for new housing, without replanting in any way. In order to get around protests about habitat for birds, they are starting to net trees in areas that they are earmarking for development, so that birds are forced to go elsewhere and therefore there are no birds for people to protest about when the time comes.

Gassho
Meitou
sattoday

gassho2

Recently I relocated and the backyard had a huge patio for about a decade. My wife and I removed all the tiles and after adding compost to the soil that hadn't seen daylight and rain for ages we planted five young trees and some flowers. Bees and other small insects are returning. It feels so good to be able to help the local ecosystem a little bit.

Gassho,
Jack
Sattoday/lah

Jundo
07-30-2019, 02:31 PM
I must say that things must be getting serious if they post this at FOXNews! [scared]


Today's climate change is worse than anything Earth has experienced in the past 2,000 years

...

That's the conclusion of a trio of papers published July 24 in the journals Nature and Nature Geoscience that examined the global climate over the past two millennia. The researchers showed that none of the past fluctuations — that is, not the Little Ice Age, the warm period known as the Medieval Climate Anomaly or any other famous shift — had the global reach that modern climate change is having. Past fluctuations tended to be localized, affecting primarily one region at a time. Modern climate change, by contrast, is messing with the entire world.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/todays-climate-change-is-worse-than-anything-earth-has-experienced-in-the-past-2000-years

Gassho, J

STLah

Heiso
07-30-2019, 03:37 PM
Wow, if Fox are admitting there's a problem we really must be up the creak with no paddle. Hopefully the message gets through to their biggest fan!

Gassho,

Neil

StLah

Kyonin
07-30-2019, 04:12 PM
Hi guys,

Just a quick note about this important matter.

A few days ago I attended to a Buddhist conference and one of the topics was Global Warming, changes in weather and our duty as Buddhists. The monks talked about how close our practice is compatible with all the efforts to find balance between consumption and respect for nature.

They said that the more honest and true our practice get, the more respect and love we experience for Mother Earth. I was surprised how this surprised many people who would practice Buddhism thinking on personal salvation and not as a practice of generosity for all sentient beings.

There is still a long way to go, but I think Shikantaza is the most eco-friendly activity we can engage into. All you need is a bottom willing to sit. For those 20 minutes of sitting, we stop all the wanting, eating and buying. I think Mother Earth wins for each minute of our practice.

Gassho,

Kyonin
Sat/LAH

Seibu
07-30-2019, 10:22 PM
Hi guys,

Just a quick note about this important matter.

A few days ago I attended to a Buddhist conference and one of the topics was Global Warming, changes in weather and our duty as Buddhists. The monks talked about how close our practice is compatible with all the efforts to find balance between consumption and respect for nature.

They said that the more honest and true our practice get, the more respect and love we experience for Mother Earth. I was surprised how this surprised many people who would practice Buddhism thinking on personal salvation and not as a practice of generosity for all sentient beings.

There is still a long way to go, but I think Shikantaza is the most eco-friendly activity we can engage into. All you need is a bottom willing to sit. For those 20 minutes of sitting, we stop all the wanting, eating and buying. I think Mother Earth wins for each minute of our practice.

Gassho,

Kyonin
Sat/LAH

Thank you Kyonin gassho2

Gassho,
Jack
Sattoday/lah

Shoka
07-31-2019, 06:05 PM
I was surprised how this surprised many people who would practice Buddhism thinking on personal salvation and not as a practice of generosity for all sentient beings.


Kyonin,

This right here is it. In one wonderful sentence you summed up the intention of the Engaged center.

Gassho,

Shoka
sattoday

Shōnin Risa Bear
07-31-2019, 08:51 PM
All you need is a bottom willing to sit. For those 20 minutes of sitting, we stop all the wanting, eating and buying. I think Mother Earth wins for each minute of our practice.

This, this, this.

_()_ _()_ _()_
gassho
doyu sat/lah today

Jundo
08-20-2019, 01:59 AM
Alas ...


At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs


NASA oceanographer Josh Willis and his team are investigating how the ice is being attacked not only by rising air temperatures but also by the warming ocean, which is eating it away from underneath.

https://us.cnn.com/2019/08/19/weather/greenland-nasa-climate-battle-intl/index.html


Microplastics discovered in 'extreme' concentrations in the North Atlantic

https://us.cnn.com/2019/08/19/world/microplastics-sargasso-sea-north-atlantic-intl/index.html

It's raining plastic -- that's what a survey of rainfall in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, concluded recently.

The rainfall survey, titled "It is raining plastic," was put together by scientists at the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey.
They couldn't see the plastic with their naked eyes, but found it using a binocular microscope fitted with a digital camera.
They found plastic showed up in 90% of the samples, mostly in fiber form, and came in a variety of colors. ...
It's unclear where the plastic is coming from, but plastic contamination has been a growing problem throughout the world.
https://us.cnn.com/2019/08/14/health/plastic-rain-colorado-trnd/index.html

Gassho, J

STLah

Tairin
08-20-2019, 01:28 PM
Alas ...





Gassho, J

STLah

[scared] :(

Geika
08-20-2019, 06:20 PM
I have been discouraged by a darkening feeling that politics is as it is to distract from how badly irreversible the climate problem is. At the same time, every day is a good day. Nurture what we can in this life...

Gassho

Sat today, lah

Jundo
08-21-2019, 12:06 AM
One thing that I know is that this planet has amazing recovery systems. It may take 100 years, 10,000 years or a million, but that is just a blink of an eye for this place. All is impermanent, and that is sometimes a good thing!

Of course, whether or not that includes People Version 1.0, well, that is another story. I mean, it will not be "us" anyway, but it will be our childrens' children who have to live with what the future holds.

I also have hope that our future technologies will find ways to clean and replenish the oceans, clean the air, find substitutes for scarce and poisonous resources and the like. (It is all in my new book, "ZEN of the FUTURE!")

Whether we get to realize that "hope" before we make too much of a mess of things, well, that is an open question.

Gassho, J

STLah

Shokai
08-22-2019, 05:44 PM
and just when will "ZEN of the FUTURE!" be available in print?

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Jundo
08-22-2019, 11:32 PM
and just when will "ZEN of the FUTURE!" be available in print?

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Kirk, who is a professional editor, is giving it a once over this week, and then I will talk to the publishers. It will be available .............. IN THE FUTURE!!

Gassho, J

STLah

Shokai
08-22-2019, 11:38 PM
It will be available .............. IN THE FUTURE!!


haha:D[claps]

gassho,Shokai
stlah

Doshin
10-14-2019, 01:07 PM
We each can make a difference https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=48mxaQtbUdU

Doshin
St

Tairin
10-14-2019, 03:51 PM
We each can make a difference https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=48mxaQtbUdU

Doshin
St

What an awesome and powerful video. Thank you for sharing that Doshin. I am hopeful we still have time to make the necessary changes.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Doshin
10-31-2019, 03:35 AM
Not two

Doshin
St

Meitou
10-31-2019, 08:24 AM
Lovely video Doshin.
And Jundo, the house is on fire, we need your book now!!
Gassho
Meitou
Sattoday

mateus.baldin
10-31-2019, 01:44 PM
Thank you, Doshin, for this video.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today

Jundo
11-06-2019, 03:20 AM
11,000 scientists warn of 'untold suffering' caused by climate change

How many scientists does it take to convince the world to take climate change seriously?

More than 11,000 researchers from around the world on Tuesday issued a grim warning of the "untold suffering" that will be caused by climate change if humanity doesn't change its ways.

The group said that as scientists, they have the "moral obligation to tell it like it is."

Phoebe Barnard, one of the lead authors of the report and the chief science and policy officer at the Conservation Biology Institute, a nonprofit science group, told CNN the report makes it clear "there's no more wiggle room" for policymakers.

... The latest report was published in BioScience, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The scientists, who come from over 150 countries, said the climate crisis is "closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle."

... They listed six key issues that need to be addressed if humanity wants to prevent the most catastrophic scenarios.

These include replacing fossil fuels, cutting the emissions of climate pollutants such as methane and soot, eating less meat, restoring and protecting ecosystems, building a carbon-free economy and stabilizing population growth by investing into family-planning services and girls education.

Barnard said the changes shouldn't be seen as "sacrifices," but as a way of "transforming things that we have found stressful."
https://us.cnn.com/2019/11/05/world/climate-emergency-scientists-warning-intl-trnd/index.html

The report ...

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806

The recommendation of simplicity at the end is very Zenlike.

Gassho, J

STLah

Meitou
11-06-2019, 06:50 AM
The report ...

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806

The recommendation of simplicity at the end is very Zenlike.

Gassho, J

STLah

I just posted something about this on Twitter. This report is simple, clear, easy to read and understand and explains in layman's terms what needs to be done. Importantly it highlights how such subject as gender equality, access to family planning and the importance of educating girls and women as major factors in addressing the climate crisis. It's no longer realistic to maintain a stance of 'not my problem', or 'punish China/Russia/USA' as if we are separate in some way from all of that - after all, one of the basic tenets of Zen, and all Buddhist teaching, is non-duality, interconnectedness, Indra's Net etc.
I really believe that stepping up, sharing responsibility and taking what action we can, even just showing a bit of love for this planet in a small way is directly connected to the Three Pure Precepts, Bodhisattva Vows, compassionate practice, even our meal gatha.
And this- 'Barnard said the changes shouldn't be seen as "sacrifices," but as a way of "transforming things that we have found stressful." - really resonates with our Nurturing Seeds practice, taking it out there rather than confining it to ourselves.
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday

Daitetsu
11-06-2019, 04:43 PM
Thanks a lot for posting these links (although they are - as always and as expected - quite alarming).

There is a new Tricycle arcticle called No Time To Lose (https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/joanna-macy-bardo/?utm_source=tricycle&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=trikedaily&fbclid=IwAR3JJ-F8pK_q7yDffsmtvgcRSF4cPB4vDPH1OqRxAI7os7t7wcc45kgb IRw) (clicky!) which has also a link to the recordings of talks from the event "No Time To Lose: A Dharma Response to Climate Change" hosted by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California on September 15, 2019.
I have not seen the talks yet, so I don't know whether they are good or useful. Just wanted to post this FYI.

Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day

Tairin
11-07-2019, 01:04 AM
Thanks a lot for posting these links (although they are - as always and as expected - quite alarming).


I agree with that. I sometimes hesitate to read yet another article about how the environment is collapsing. I know at some levels it is just going to be bleak and depressing. I wonder how long before society in general just becomes numb. Fatigue and helplessness are real enemies here. Somehow the conversation needs to turn the corner from the doom and gloom to become a series of positive affirming messages about what can be done as individuals and society.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Daitetsu
11-08-2019, 10:38 AM
I sometimes hesitate to read yet another article about how the environment is collapsing. I know at some levels it is just going to be bleak and depressing. I wonder how long before society in general just becomes numb. Fatigue and helplessness are real enemies here. Somehow the conversation needs to turn the corner from the doom and gloom to become a series of positive affirming messages about what can be done as individuals and society.

I know what you mean. Some people just look away because it is too depressing and that's totally understandable. However, this does not improve the situation. By doing something we can overcome this feeling of helplessness and depression - and only if it is by spreading the knowledge and facts, eating less or no meat or choosing the train instead of the plane, if possible.
This task seems to be monumental, but isn't our vow to save all sentient beings monumental, too? And yet we try to achieve the impossible without the expectation of a certain outcome.
So we should just become active without clinging to the outcome. At least we have tried and given our best.


Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day

Meitou
11-09-2019, 05:47 AM
I know what you mean. Some people just look away because it is too depressing and that's totally understandable. However, this does not improve the situation. By doing something we can overcome this feeling of helplessness and depression - and only if it is by spreading the knowledge and facts, eating less or no meat or choosing the train instead of the plane, if possible.
This task seems to be monumental, but isn't our vow to save all sentient beings monumental, too? And yet we try to achieve the impossible without the expectation of a certain outcome.
So we should just become active without clinging to the outcome. At least we have tried and given our best.


Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day
gassho2
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday

Doshin
11-09-2019, 08:02 AM
I know what you mean. Some people just look away because it is too depressing and that's totally understandable. However, this does not improve the situation. By doing something we can overcome this feeling of helplessness and depression - and only if it is by spreading the knowledge and facts, eating less or no meat or choosing the train instead of the plane, if possible.
This task seems to be monumental, but isn't our vow to save all sentient beings monumental, too? And yet we try to achieve the impossible without the expectation of a certain outcome.
So we should just become active without clinging to the outcome. At least we have tried and given our best.


Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day

Yes. That has been my life. Hope.

Doshin
St

Doshin
11-09-2019, 08:09 AM
The report ...

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806

The recommendation of simplicity at the end is very Zenlike.

Gassho, J

STLah

I was one of the 11,000. I hope some listen.

Doshin
St

Daitetsu
12-05-2019, 05:05 PM
I don't know if this has been shared elsewhere in the forums, but here is an interesting arcticle by David Loy in Tricycle Magazine:

https://tricycle.org/magazine/awakening-age-climate-change/


It contains also some critical points towards our practice.

Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day

Meitou
12-05-2019, 08:38 PM
I don't know if this has been shared elsewhere in the forums, but here is an interesting arcticle by David Loy in Tricycle Magazine:

https://tricycle.org/magazine/awakening-age-climate-change/


It contains also some critical points towards our practice.

Gassho,

Daitetsu

#sat2day

Ha, I came here to post the same article. This is a great read for anyone thinking about buying his books as a lot of it is extracted directly.
Gassho
Meitou
sattodaylah

Jundo
12-24-2019, 04:30 PM
Alas ...


Were the predictions we made about climate change 20 years ago accurate? Here's a look

When it comes to climate change, did we accurately predict in 2000 what would be happening now?

"What the models correctly told us 20 years ago is that if we continued to add fossil fuels at an increasing rate to the atmosphere, we'd see an increasing range of consequences, including a decline in Arctic sea ice, a rise in sea levels and shifts in precipitation patterns," Weather Underground meteorologist Robert Henson told USA TODAY.

Overall, we're running quite close to the projections made in 2000 for carbon dioxide concentration, global temperature and sea level, Henson said.

... and where the predictions were wrong ...


Since 1992, the global sea level has risen on average 2.9 millimeters a year. That’s a total of 78.3 millimeters, according to NOAA.

Penn State University meteorologist Michael Mann argued that we underestimated the rate of ice sheet collapse, which has "implications for future sea-level rise."

...

... Mann told USA TODAY that we "underestimated the dramatic increase in persistent weather extremes like the unprecedented heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods we’ve witnessed in recent years."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/24/climate-change-predictions-2020-carbon-dioxide-weather-disasters/2622212001/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories

Gassho, J

STLah

Jakuden
12-25-2019, 01:31 AM
I don't comment on these threads much because I also find it difficult to face the fear and sadness, I have been a biologist at heart my whole life and seeing everything dear to me change so quickly despite humanity's ability to understand and predict it has been a hard pill to swallow. Practice has helped me accept that if factors within our species do not allow us to act to keep it from happening, then it will just be part of the Karma of myself and future generations. We are wealthy and privileged, but our offspring and their offspring may need to adjust to much scarcer resources and the survivors will need to evolve and find a new balance. There is already some suffering going on, as weather events become more catastrophic, and as the younger generations are realizing that we haven't been good stewards of the world's resources for them.

Of course that doesn't mean we should give up, there is always hope that we can mitigate some of the suffering by using our human ability to communicate the knowledge we have. We may have to change our dream of the future from conquering space to learning how to survive a new Earth.

That article by David Loy linked above says it all:
"A really important social implication of this deconstruction and reconstruction of the self brings us back to social engagement, including eco-dharma, the application of Buddhist teachings to our ecological situation. As we start to wake up and realize that we are not separate from each other, nor from this wondrous earth, we also begin to realize that the ways we live together, and the ways we relate to the earth, need to be reconstructed as well. That means not only social engagement as service, but finding ways to address the problematic economic and political structures—the institutionalized forms of greed, ill will, and delusion—that are deeply implicated in the eco-crisis. Within such a notion of liberation, the path of personal transformation and the path of social transformation are not really separate from each other. We must reclaim the concept of awakening from an exclusively individualistic therapeutic model and focus on how individual liberation also requires social transformation. Engagement in the world is how our personal awakening blossoms.

It just so happens that the Buddhist tradition provides a wonderful archetype that can help us to do that: the bodhisattva. We overcome deep-rooted self-centered habits by working compassionately for the healing of our societies and the healing of the earth. This is what’s required for the Buddhist path to become truly liberative in the modern world."

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Doshin
12-25-2019, 03:49 AM
I don't comment on these threads much because I also find it difficult to face the fear and sadness, I have been a biologist at heart my whole life and seeing everything dear to me change so quickly despite humanity's ability to understand and predict it has been a hard pill to swallow. Practice has helped me accept that if factors within our species do not allow us to act to keep it from happening, then it will just be part of the Karma of myself and future generations. We are wealthy and privileged, but our offspring and their offspring may need to adjust to much scarcer resources and the survivors will need to evolve and find a new balance. There is already some suffering going on, as weather events become more catastrophic, and as the younger generations are realizing that we haven't been good stewards of the world's resources for them.

Of course that doesn't mean we should give up, there is always hope that we can mitigate some of the suffering by using our human ability to communicate the knowledge we have. We may have to change our dream of the future from conquering space to learning how to survive a new Earth.

That article by David Loy linked above says it all:
"A really important social implication of this deconstruction and reconstruction of the self brings us back to social engagement, including eco-dharma, the application of Buddhist teachings to our ecological situation. As we start to wake up and realize that we are not separate from each other, nor from this wondrous earth, we also begin to realize that the ways we live together, and the ways we relate to the earth, need to be reconstructed as well. That means not only social engagement as service, but finding ways to address the problematic economic and political structures—the institutionalized forms of greed, ill will, and delusion—that are deeply implicated in the eco-crisis. Within such a notion of liberation, the path of personal transformation and the path of social transformation are not really separate from each other. We must reclaim the concept of awakening from an exclusively individualistic therapeutic model and focus on how individual liberation also requires social transformation. Engagement in the world is how our personal awakening blossoms.

It just so happens that the Buddhist tradition provides a wonderful archetype that can help us to do that: the bodhisattva. We overcome deep-rooted self-centered habits by working compassionately for the healing of our societies and the healing of the earth. This is what’s required for the Buddhist path to become truly liberative in the modern world."

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH


gassho2

Doshin
St

Onka
12-25-2019, 09:00 AM
I don't comment on these threads much because I also find it difficult to face the fear and sadness, I have been a biologist at heart my whole life and seeing everything dear to me change so quickly despite humanity's ability to understand and predict it has been a hard pill to swallow. Practice has helped me accept that if factors within our species do not allow us to act to keep it from happening, then it will just be part of the Karma of myself and future generations. We are wealthy and privileged, but our offspring and their offspring may need to adjust to much scarcer resources and the survivors will need to evolve and find a new balance. There is already some suffering going on, as weather events become more catastrophic, and as the younger generations are realizing that we haven't been good stewards of the world's resources for them.

Of course that doesn't mean we should give up, there is always hope that we can mitigate some of the suffering by using our human ability to communicate the knowledge we have. We may have to change our dream of the future from conquering space to learning how to survive a new Earth.

That article by David Loy linked above says it all:
"A really important social implication of this deconstruction and reconstruction of the self brings us back to social engagement, including eco-dharma, the application of Buddhist teachings to our ecological situation. As we start to wake up and realize that we are not separate from each other, nor from this wondrous earth, we also begin to realize that the ways we live together, and the ways we relate to the earth, need to be reconstructed as well. That means not only social engagement as service, but finding ways to address the problematic economic and political structures—the institutionalized forms of greed, ill will, and delusion—that are deeply implicated in the eco-crisis. Within such a notion of liberation, the path of personal transformation and the path of social transformation are not really separate from each other. We must reclaim the concept of awakening from an exclusively individualistic therapeutic model and focus on how individual liberation also requires social transformation. Engagement in the world is how our personal awakening blossoms.

It just so happens that the Buddhist tradition provides a wonderful archetype that can help us to do that: the bodhisattva. We overcome deep-rooted self-centered habits by working compassionately for the healing of our societies and the healing of the earth. This is what’s required for the Buddhist path to become truly liberative in the modern world."

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Gassho
Anna
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Ippo
01-03-2020, 02:22 PM
I agree with that. I sometimes hesitate to read yet another article about how the environment is collapsing. I know at some levels it is just going to be bleak and depressing. I wonder how long before society in general just becomes numb. Fatigue and helplessness are real enemies here. Somehow the conversation needs to turn the corner from the doom and gloom to become a series of positive affirming messages about what can be done as individuals and society.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Nice comment Tairin. I whole heartedly agree.

Happy New Year,

Gassho,

Brad

SatToday

serenewolf
01-18-2020, 04:25 PM
I have felt fairly overwhelmed and sad every time i hear the tragedies but seek hope and you can find it. Reading the positive stories from happyeconews and watching the live cams in africa give much hope. Seeing the areas in front of the cameras fill with elephants, giraffes, zebras, lionesses, okape or gazelle, birds and many others, or seeing the millions of monarchs during their migration gives hope. Also if we can make a difference, even a small one helps. During meditation we can also get a sense of peace around us which helps to quell the fear and give clarity.
Gassho
David
Sat

Shōnin Risa Bear
01-18-2020, 06:26 PM
Did not Treeleaf have some kind of tea gatherings awhile back? I'm hankering for something informal, not to pontificate much, but to do some of my wall gazing by facing the screen and raising a (fair trade) cup in both delightful cameraderie and sober metta to all. Companionship on the taffrail of the unsinkable Titanic, say. The stars were beautiful that night, I'm sure ...

gassho
doyu sat today


May we, together with all buddhas;
Be mindful in the presence of kindness,
That we may preserve the good roots that have been nurtured to now.

Shugen
01-19-2020, 06:04 AM
Did not Treeleaf have some kind of tea gatherings awhile back? I'm hankering for something informal, not to pontificate much, but to do some of my wall gazing by facing the screen and raising a (fair trade) cup in both delightful cameraderie and sober metta to all. Companionship on the taffrail of the unsinkable Titanic, say. The stars were beautiful that night, I'm sure ...

gassho
doyu sat today

Hi Doyū,

Yes we did. We have been discussing bringing a variation of it back to the forum.

We’ll keep you posted!

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday

Jundo
02-14-2020, 12:18 AM
If you felt that January was warmer than usual, you're right.

January 2020 was Earth's hottest start to a year in over a century -- and it's not likely to be the last record of this type, according to a report released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday.
In 141 years of record-keeping from NOAA, there has never been a warmer January.

This agrees with data released by the European climate observing program, Copernicus, released last week.

Temperatures surpassed the previous record set in January 2016 by 0.04 degrees Fahrenheit (0.02 degrees Celsius).

https://us.cnn.com/2020/02/13/weather/warmest-january-noaa-climate-trnd/index.html

Gassho J

stlah

Kotei
02-14-2020, 08:00 AM
It's mid February.
The cherries in the garden are starting to bloom.
Beautiful. And so sad.

I am feeling reminded on a BBC Lyrebird documentation from David Attenborough where they recorded a Lyrebird, perfectly mimicking the sound of the woodcutters for his mating songs.
Beautiful, but at the same time, while mating, singing the symphony of it's own distinction.

Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Jundo
02-15-2020, 12:15 PM
Antarctica just saw its all-time hottest day ever


Temperatures in Antarctica reportedly reached 69.35 degrees Fahrenheit last week, just days after setting another record high of 64.9 F.



https://www.livescience.com/antarctica-record-high-temperature.html

Gassho, J

STLah

Doshin
02-15-2020, 06:24 PM
Aldo Leopold said...”one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds” That describes many of us who spent a lifetime studyingg and working in conservation. Hence my glasses are not rose colored. For that reason I have not added much. However I came across this article that does discuss problems but shares what some are doing about it on a large scale.

Jundo, a scientist I know just published a paper about how climate change was affecting the reproductive success of species of snakes he was studying. it is all interconnected.

We each can do small things and support larger initiatives.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/salvation-or-pipe-dream-a-movement-grows-to-protect-up-to-half-the-planet

Doshin
St

Onka
02-15-2020, 10:25 PM
My brain's unique design features lend themselves to literally giving me ulcers and keeping me awake at night either worrying about the state of 'everything' and figuratively beating myself up for not being able to to enough, whatever that is.
My practice has helped tremendously in finding a level of equanimity and giving me permission to not be able to 'fix everything' although I still worry a LOT.
I love this thread because it reminds me that there is more good than bad in humanity. I am so grateful for anything anyone does to either help towards alleviation or at least minimisation of destructive human impact.
Gassho
Onka
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Kendrick
02-16-2020, 03:05 AM
The state of our planet is very saddening. I still believe that activism is a very Bodhisattva thing to do (as long as its a good thing of course). I think we can care about our planet, politics, etc. to work for positive changes that reduce suffering while also not becoming overwhelmed, or sacrificing our peace. Leaning into the sadness instead of away from it. I wrote a short article for Elephant Journal last week talking about how we are outpacing what the planet can keep up with. If anyone wants to read it: "Exponential Growth Is Killing Us" (https://www.elephantjournal.com/2020/02/exponential-growth-is-killing-us/) (the original title).

Gassho
Kendrick
Sat/LAH

Doshin
02-18-2020, 01:33 PM
The state of our planet is very saddening. I still believe that activism is a very Bodhisattva thing to do (as long as its a good thing of course). I think we can care about our planet, politics, etc. to work for positive changes that reduce suffering while also not becoming overwhelmed, or sacrificing our peace. Leaning into the sadness instead of away from it. I wrote a short article for Elephant Journal last week talking about how we are outpacing what the planet can keep up with. If anyone wants to read it: "Exponential Growth Is Killing Us" (https://www.elephantjournal.com/2020/02/exponential-growth-is-killing-us/) (the original title

Gassho
Kendrick
Sat/LAH


Kendrick,

Well said. Good article and thanks for writing it.

Doshin
St

Kendrick
02-18-2020, 05:13 PM
Kendrick,

Well said. Good article and thanks for writing it.

Doshin
St

gassho1

Gassho
Kendrick
Sat

mateus.baldin
02-20-2020, 01:28 PM
Thank you very much for your article, Kendrick.
Your encoragment of our small actions to make a better world for the planet and it's inhabitants is just what we need in these times of environmental despair.
gassho1
Mateus
Sat today

Kendrick
02-21-2020, 01:51 AM
Thank you very much for your article, Kendrick.
Your encoragment of our small actions to make a better world for the planet and it's inhabitants is just what we need in these times of environmental despair.
gassho1
Mateus
Sat today

gassho1

Gassho
Kendrick
Sat

Tairin
02-22-2020, 01:53 PM
Wonderful article Kendrick. I agree with what you are saying. My wife and I have been having this same conversation as we are trying to make changes to our household consumption and hoping our seemingly small efforts make a difference.

Thank you for sharing and reminding us that our efforts do matter.

gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Seibu
02-24-2020, 05:20 PM
Thank you for this article Kendrick. I love how you emphasize that the action of each individual, no matter how small, helps to change things for the better.

Gassho,
Seibu
Sattoday

Kyonin
02-24-2020, 07:25 PM
I totally agree.

Each one of us must do whatever possible to fix the mess we have created. Waiting on companies or politicians won't take us far. This practice is about sitting zazen as much as it is doing the best we can to save all sentient beings... ourselves included.

Gassho,

Kyonin
Sat/LAH

Kendrick
02-25-2020, 09:43 PM
Tairin, Seibu, Kyonin.. thank you gassho1

Gassho
Kendrick
Sat

Kokuu
02-26-2020, 08:57 AM
Great article, Kendrick! Thank you!

I totally agree with the notion of perpetual growth that is baked into our economics. It is clearly unsustainable.

In 2009 an interesting report was published by the Sustainable Development Commission called Prosperity Without Growth which looks at exactly this notion and how we can continue to live well with zero growth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_Without_Growth

So much needs challenging in the way we look at life but you are right that the only person we have direct control over is ourselves, and that is where change needs to begin.

Deep bows
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Meitou
03-24-2020, 10:56 PM
Some lovely online initiatives from Emergence Magazine are currently on offer..

https://emergencemagazine.org/community/

Gassho
Meitou
sattoday

Doshin
04-06-2020, 05:49 PM
For some of us it will likely be a year or so before we can let down our guard because of this pandemic. What we await is Science to develop a vaccine so we can resume some of what we took for granted. I have set my expectations on that and will use the time to deepen my practice. Time may pass before I can be with family again.

For this thread. which I started over my dismay for the loss of the world’s biodiversity, I hope the teaching many receive from this event is that Science has been what we were looking too/hoping for to once again further our survival. And when that time comes, maybe, just maybe, more will listen to Science when it speaks to the reality that we are changing ecosystems by our greed, ignorance and delusion that we are separate from all. Hopefully more will take action so that our descendants will inherit a world with less despair, a healthy environment and still a place we share with the wonder of other species as we travel through a known and unknown universe on this beautiful rock that is home, That is my hope.

Be safe, be well

Doshin
St

Onka
04-07-2020, 01:59 AM
Sing it Comrade Doshin!
My partner and I are expecting 12-18 months before things get back to how they were... Unfortunately.
Unfortunately because like yourself I fear for Mother Earth and ALL of her inhabitants both living and everything else that we dismiss as having little value unless in capitalist terms.
Aside from increased health risk this time will pass easily enough for my partner and myself. I too see it as an opportunity to deepen my practice and connect deeper with my immediate surroundings.
Viva Science!
Gassho
Onka Anna
Sat today/about to potter around outside

Kotei
04-07-2020, 07:48 AM
Sing it Comrade Doshin!

On the way to my little 'zendo' this morning... others are singing it, too.
https://soundcloud.com/ralf-prehn-357689516/tschirp

Thank you Doshin.
Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Doshin
04-11-2020, 12:41 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sunday-review/the-ecology-of-disease.html?smid=fb-share

The Ecology of Disease

Doshin
St

Onka
04-11-2020, 08:40 PM
On the way to my little 'zendo' this morning... others are singing it, too.
https://soundcloud.com/ralf-prehn-357689516/tschirp

Thank you Doshin.
Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Beautiful.
Gassho
Onka Anna

Onka
04-11-2020, 08:41 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sunday-review/the-ecology-of-disease.html?smid=fb-share

The Ecology of Disease

Doshin
St

Thank you Doshin
Gassho
Onka Anna

Onka
04-15-2020, 02:18 AM
Another interesting article

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2020/03/11/capitalist-agriculture-and-covid-19-a-deadly-combination/

Gassho
Onka
st

Tairin
04-25-2020, 02:24 AM
This video is available on YouTube for free. It is a pretty sobering message.


https://youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE


gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Doshin
05-09-2020, 07:53 PM
This video is available on YouTube for free. It is a pretty sobering message.


https://youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE


gassho2
Tairin
Sat today and lah

Yes very sobering Tairin.

As exhibited at the very beginning these issues were anticipated long ago.

I have worked on green energy issues regarding wildlife and long ago reached the conclusion that green isn’t necessarily green.

The paradigm that infinite growth on a finite planet is not sustainable sums it all up.

And the closing quote by Rachel Carlson from so long ago is telling “Humandkind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before to prove its maturity and its mastery-not of nature, but of its self.”

Doshin
St

Shokai
05-09-2020, 07:59 PM
It's so sad, we've been spinning our wheels for over sixty years. We can all do some small bits but, it takes governments to do the big stuff and they can't seem to agree.

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Doshin
05-09-2020, 10:56 PM
It's so sad, we've been spinning our wheels for over sixty years. We can all do some small bits but, it takes governments to do the big stuff and they can't seem to agree.

gassho, Shokai
stlah


Shokai your thoughts are part of my daily perspective. On the first Earth Day 50 years ago I raised my voice with hope. I was in the middle of an education to tackle those environmental problems. On Earth Day last month I acknowledge we have come a little ways but the journey ahead is still long. May Our species choose the right path.

Doshin
St

Doshin
St

Doshin
06-24-2020, 11:54 PM
https://www.upaya.org/program/awakened-action-women-leaders-speak/?id=2326


This past Sunday I participated in a day long conference put on by Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA about climate change. Leading female Buddhist voices and others addressed the science, social and gender implications. The above link is for your information. Many of the talks were packed with information and I plan to listen to some again to further digest the information presented.

Gassho
Doshin
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Onka
06-25-2020, 12:54 AM
https://www.upaya.org/program/awakened-action-women-leaders-speak/?id=2326


This past Sunday I participated in a day long conference put on by Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA about climate change. Leading female Buddhist voices and others addressed the science, social and gender implications. The above link is for your information. Many of the talks were packed with information and I plan to listen to some again to further digest the information presented.

Gassho
Doshin
StThanks for the link Doshin. Later today I'm going to see if by registering I can listen to last weekend's talks. Some good ones coming up too I see.
Gassho
Onka
St

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Jundo
06-25-2020, 02:14 AM
Thank you, Doshin.

This sad news today ...


Siberian town records 100 degree F day — the hottest in Arctic history

The new all-time high follows the world's hottest May on record.

... On Saturday (June 20), temperatures in the far-north town of Verkhoyansk broke 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for the first time, according to news reports.

If verified, that makes Saturday's high the hottest-ever temperature documented above the Arctic Circle, The Washington Post reported.

https://www.livescience.com/hottest-arctic-circle-temperature-ever-siberia.html

Gassho, J

SatTodayLAH

Heiso
07-02-2020, 06:45 AM
Thanks Doshin, I'll have a listen. Sounds like an interesting day.

Gassho

Heiso
StLah

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Doshin
07-22-2020, 07:28 PM
For those who may be interested

https://oneearthsangha.org/

Be Safe, Be Well

Doshin
St

Onka
07-22-2020, 08:02 PM
For those who may be interested

https://oneearthsangha.org/

Be Safe, Be Well

Doshin
StNice one. Cheers comrade.
Gassho
Onka
ST

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Kokuu
07-22-2020, 08:27 PM
Thank you, Doshin!

The name reminds me of this Gary Snyder poem:

O Waters

O waters
wash us, me,
under the wrinkled granite
straight-up slab,

and sitting by camp in the pine shade
Nanao sleeping,
mountains humming and crumbling
snowfields melting
soil
building on tiny ledges
for wild onions and the flowers
Blue
Polemonium

great
earth
sangha


Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Jundo
07-22-2020, 11:50 PM
For those who may be interested

https://oneearthsangha.org/

Be Safe, Be Well

Doshin
St

Doshin, would you look around, see if that organization or other Buddhists organizations are something that Treelaf could "officially" join in?

I would like very much to see Treeleaf of some larger groups pulling together on these issues.

Would you check out what is available for us to join in, and report to us (much obliged)?

Gassho, Jundo

STLah

Doshin
07-23-2020, 03:18 AM
Doshin, would you look around, see if that organization or other Buddhists organizations are something that Treelaf could "officially" join in?

I would like very much to see Treeleaf of some larger groups pulling together on these issues.

Would you check out what is available for us to join in, and report to us (much obliged)?

Gassho, Jundo

STLah


Yes I will.

Doshin
St

Doshin
07-23-2020, 03:42 AM
https://oneearthsangha.org/join/ecosanghas/

Jundo,

There is individual membership which puts folks on email list.

There is also a group Sangha membership (see link above)

Doshin
St

Onka
07-23-2020, 06:34 AM
Jundo, could we please have a separate section/archive of Sangha's who have an online presence in this current and probably post-Covid-19 world who align with Treeleaf's engaged Buddhism ethos? Maybe like a "Sister Sangha" kinda thing?
Gassho
Onka
st

Jundo
07-23-2020, 07:06 AM
Jundo, could we please have a separate section/archive of Sangha's who have an online presence in this current and probably post-Covid-19 world who align with Treeleaf's engaged Buddhism ethos? Maybe like a "Sister Sangha" kinda thing?
Gassho
Onka
st

Oh, gee, I would say that about every Soto Zen group has some online happenings these days. I would just have to list them all. I don't know enough about the atmosphere at various places, and it is a matter of what resonates. And I would guess that almost every teacher these days is environmentally and socially concerned in one way or another.

Sorry, this list is mostly weighted to North America, but with some international places listed ...

http://szba.org/affiliated-temples-centers/

(Treeleaf is a member, though they insist on listing us only in "Japan" for some reason.)

Gassho, Jundo

STLah

Meitou
07-23-2020, 07:21 AM
Jundo, could we please have a separate section/archive of Sangha's who have an online presence in this current and probably post-Covid-19 world who align with Treeleaf's engaged Buddhism ethos? Maybe like a "Sister Sangha" kinda thing?
Gassho
Onka
st

I subscribe to quite a few newsletters from other Sanghas and I can confirm that all of those I read are currently involved in lots of online activities. And all of them are aligned to engaged Buddhism, which I don't feel is personal to Treeleaf but more an expression of the Bodhisattva path. Lots of good people out there.
Gassho
Meitou
Sattoday lah

Doshin
07-30-2020, 02:08 PM
This resonated Today...

"This we know... the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to earth. All things are connected, like the blood which connects one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
- Chief Seattle, 1854

As long as I have read his quotes some say he did not write them. Whoever did (I will stay with him) captures our connection.

Doshin
St

Heiso
08-07-2020, 09:31 AM
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself

gassho1

Heiso
StLah