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  1. #101
    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" (the original title).

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  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by Kendrick View Post
    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" (the original title

    Gassho
    Kendrick
    Sat/LAH

    Kendrick,

    Well said. Good article and thanks for writing it.

    Doshin
    St

  3. #103
    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    Kendrick,

    Well said. Good article and thanks for writing it.

    Doshin
    St


    Gassho
    Kendrick
    Sat
    “Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.” ― Dōgen

  4. #104
    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.

    Mateus
    Sat today

  5. #105
    Quote Originally Posted by mateus.baldin View Post
    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.

    Mateus
    Sat today


    Gassho
    Kendrick
    Sat
    “Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.” ― Dōgen

  6. #106
    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.


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    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

  7. #107
    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

  8. #108
    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
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    奔道 協忍

  9. #109
    Tairin, Seibu, Kyonin.. thank you

    Gassho
    Kendrick
    Sat
    “Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.” ― Dōgen

  10. #110
    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.

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  11. #111
    Some lovely online initiatives from Emergence Magazine are currently on offer..

    https://emergencemagazine.org/community/

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  12. #112
    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

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    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
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  14. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by Onka View Post
    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,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotei View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    Thank you Doshin
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    Another interesting article

    https://climateandcapitalism.com/202...y-combination/

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    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

  19. #119
    This video is available on YouTube for free. It is a pretty sobering message.





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  20. #120
    Quote Originally Posted by Tairin View Post
    This video is available on YouTube for free. It is a pretty sobering message.





    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
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  21. #121
    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
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    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

  22. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by Shokai View Post
    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
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  23. #123
    https://www.upaya.org/program/awaken...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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    https://www.upaya.org/program/awaken...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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    Thanks 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
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  25. #125
    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-...r-siberia.html
    Gassho, J

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  26. #126
    Thanks Doshin, I'll have a listen. Sounds like an interesting day.

    Gassho

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