A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

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Ben
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A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:33 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Guy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:24 am

Hi Ben,

I have heard the claim that global warming is man made and I have heard the claim that global warming is a natural occurance that happens every so often due to solar movements and I have heard that the Earth has it's own patterns too which cause the planet to heat up and cool down every few thousand years. Which is the truth, how do we know? Maybe the scientists who claim that global warming is man-made are spreading propaganda or maybe these scientists are well meaning people who have misinterpreted the data? Maybe the scientists who claim man-made global warming is a myth are being paid by oil companies to try to keep them in business for longer?

I don't claim to know the truth, I am not a scientist, but how do we know what is REALLY going on? Are we being lied to, if so, by whom? There is probably a lot of political motives on both sides...maybe it is best to not get caught up in politics. Wasn't the Buddha tempted by Mara to become a "wheel turning monarch" before he became enlightened? What did the Buddha choose?

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:22 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Mawkish1983 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:54 am

I used to be a skeptic/sceptic [delete as appropriate] about the human influence on climate change. Now I'm not so sure, the evidence suggesting a human cause is mounting. Fast.

I suppose we could employ Pascal's Wager on this one. If we don't act and there is a human cause, we're doooooooomed. If we act and there is no human cause we at least help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels obtained from the less politically stable parts of the world. Seems win/win to me.

So, yeah, I'll sign whatever you stick under my nose about climate change now :)

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Re: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Guy » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:52 pm

Thanks for the link Ben, I'll check it out now.

Good point Mawkish, I guess if you take the side of the environmentalists you can't really lose even if it is a myth.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm


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