Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

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Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 15, 2009 9:52 am

Greetings,

Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 8:56 AM, Bhikkhu Bodhi <venbodhi@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the link to a Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change, which I helped to compose, along with David Loy and John Stanley, a British micro-biologist. If you agree with the statement, please sign it and return it to the Ecobuddhism website. Thank you.

Please also pass it on to your own Buddhist friends and colleagues. Those involved with organizations should feel at liberty to post the declaration, or a link to it, on their websites.

http://www.ecobuddhism.org/buddhist-declaration.php

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
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2020 Route 301
Carmel NY 10512
U.S.A.

Giving concrete expression to the Buddha's great compassion in today's world: http://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/main.html

For lectures and teachings:
http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/


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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby appicchato » Fri May 15, 2009 10:59 am

retrofuturist wrote:http://www.ecobuddhism.org/buddhist -declaration.php

Broken link... :shrug:
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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 15, 2009 11:01 am

Greetings bhante,

Thanks, I've taken the space out of it now... should work.

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby zavk » Fri May 15, 2009 12:04 pm

Most excellent.

Thanks for posting this, retro.
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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Tex » Tue May 26, 2009 6:39 pm

Signed.

It's staggering how many people here in America still think that global warming is a fictional tool invented for political gain and not a very real phenomenon.
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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue May 26, 2009 6:48 pm

Although I am not convinced that there is a global warming, I believe must have a much more responsible attitude towards other beings, and so I subscribe all initiatives that will lead to us being better neighbours to the other beings on the planet.
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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby pink_trike » Tue May 26, 2009 10:42 pm

The term "global warming" is pretty much obsolete at this point. The generally accepted term is "climate change" and the emerging term is "climate chaos". While nearly all scientists agree that global warming is taking place, it is only one element of many changing climate variables (hurricane, tornado, blizzard, drought, flooding, heat, cold) that are being both measured/documented and computer-modeled. Warming is no longer assumed to be the cause of our increasingly erratic climate - it is now being seen as just another symptom of something larger that is affecting all aspects of climate.

We may have built a civilization that is incompatible with the planet's long-range climate patterns - in which case, nature will bat last.
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Re: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Postby seekeroftruth » Wed May 27, 2009 5:41 am

Signed.

I think it will be very hard to get some people to accept some of the changes suggested in the declaration, but as we begin to see greater effects and have aspects of our lives changed, people will begin to change their lifestyles.
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