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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).

    Gassho
    Kendrick
    Sat/LAH
    “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

  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.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    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
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    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.

    Deep bows
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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

    https://emergencemagazine.org/community/

    Gassho
    Meitou
    sattoday
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

  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

  13. #113
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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
    Onka Anna
    Sat today/about to potter around outside
    On Ka
    穏 火
    aka Anna Kissed.
    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

  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,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
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