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The Buddhist View of Environmental Catastrophe
Submitted by Lodro Rinzler on Thu, 8/26/2010, 9:01pm
On Wednesday, September 1st, Tibetan Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be speaking at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. The topic? The Buddhist View of Environmental Catastrophe.
I'm looking forward to this talk because I would say that for myself and many Buddhists I talk to our view is grim. We want to remain optimistic but we realize we are, indeed, looking at a catastrophe.
Recently my good friend David Delcourt wrote an article on elephant about Why Buddhists Fail as Environmental Citizens. In the artile Mr. Delcourt espouses the idea that our pivotal downfall is that we are looking to apply our meditation practice to the situation rather than considering that, in his own words, "the Dharma is environmental awareness and action."
What do you think? Is environmental action really a part of the Dharma? Or are we Western Buddhists just trying to pin our spiritual believes on a very heart-breaking situation?
I imagine one place David and Ringu Tulku will likely agree is that if we don't develop a view other than helplessness or fear things certainly will not get any better.
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