Changing the world requires a change of consciousness. Think
about the big shifts in human development – the French Revolution; the
abolishment of slavery; voting rights for women; equal opportunity for all regardless
of race or gender – when these ideas first appeared, the mainstream thought
them extreme and they met a lot of resistance, but eventually enough people saw
the importance of breaking out of old patterns that our civilisation made these
changes, changes that benefitted a huge number of people.
The shift in consciousness required now is essentially one
that changes our pattern of plundering the natural world (e.g. burning fossil
fuels) to one of caring for it (e.g. using renewable energy sources).
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‘Humanity needs a transformation of belief – a drastic reshaping of human values. People around the world must come to see the planet as our “common home,” one that we share with other countries and other species.’ James Engell Professor at Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences English Department
I have lots of ideas for posts for this blog that take the idea of ‘beyond the temple’ broader than it has been, but it could take a while for me to get around to writing them. Those who are my friends or followers on social media will know that I’ve been consumed by the bush fire crisis facing my home state, NSW. I even had to evacuate one day. But today we have a little rain, so perhaps we’ll dodge the bullet this time. The nearest fire is about 20 kilometres away, but it hasn’t moved towards us for a week now, so the ever present anxiety has eased.
The expected rain isn’t enough to put out the fires, though, just slow them down, nor is it expected to be enough to fill the dams and break the drought. Ferns and trees are dying. Kangaroos are coming into the garden to get water and vast areas of Australia are burned and/or in severe drought. Wildlife is devastated. I read somewhere that scientists predicted that Australia would be one of the first countries to feel the effects of climate change, and here we are.
So discussions around Tibetan Buddhism all seem rather inconsequential and even indulgent in light of the fact that if we don’t act in the next decade to lower carbon emissions, we truly will be facing the extinction of life as we know it.
We are truly, all of us, facing the great impermanence.
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