Requesting Teachings and Leadership on Climate Change
Our time on this Earth will be profoundly shaped in the coming years by how human society responds to the growing threat of climate change. With the first wave of impacts already upon us, an era of climate suffering has begun and will only worsen. This suffering will be borne unevenly, exacerbating existing environmental injustice and environmental racism, as those least responsible for its causes bear an undue share of its burdens. Even so, many opportunities remain, particularly in the next few years, to take action that will minimize these impacts and set the world on course for a safer and more just future.
We as members of the greater Insight Meditation sangha are asking our Dharma teachers for their guidance and leadership in addressing the issue of climate change. According to our tradition, teaching is offered in response to a genuine request – coming from a readiness to hear, consider and engage with the truth of how things are. This request, signed by members of the sangha, will be taken to Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California this June, where it will be presented to the 60-80 senior teachers from the global Insight Meditation community as part of a session dedicated to the Dharma of climate change.
The Dharma offers great potential to help individuals, and society as a whole, accept the realities of climate change and respond with wisdom and compassion in action. This crisis has the potential to not only align ourselves with nature and reduce social inequity, but can also lead to the greatest awakening of the human mind and spirit ever seen.
We invite you to be part of this process by adding your name to the request below. We are coordinating with sanghas everywhere with hopes of gathering thousands of signatures. You can help us spread the word by sharing this with your fellow practitioners in-person or through online tools such as email, Facebook or Twitter.
In the Buddha’s moment of awakening, it was the Earth herself that confirmed his fundamental belonging, his right and power to be free. Will we confirm that belonging ourselves, awaken to this crisis and respond?
If you are so moved, please sign below then share and share and share!
With Blessings to All Beings,
- Lou Leonard & Kristin Barker – Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, USA
- Brigid Avison - Oxford UK Sangha
- Di Bligh – Bristol UK Sangha
- Elizabeth Little – Green Sangha, Oakland, CA, USA
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