Sacred Earth: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet
Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg. They are joined by Lou Leonard and Dekila Chungyulpa of the World Wildlife Fund.
"Many people suffer deeply and they do not know they suffer. They try to cover up the suffering by being busy. Many people get sick today because they get alienated from Mother Earth. The practice of mindfulness helps us to touch Mother Earth inside of the body, and this practice can help heal people. So the healing of the people should go together with the healing of the Earth. This is the insight, and it is possible for anyone to practice."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
We have reached a critical juncture in our biological and social evolution. Many scientists have concluded that the survival of human civilization is at stake. There has never been a more important time in history to bring the resources of Buddhism to bear on behalf of all living beings.
Climate change is probably the greatest humanitarian and environmental challenge the world faces today. How can we as Buddhists positively contribute to slowing climate change and minimizing its impacts? Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Sharon Salzberg explore the vital role that compassion and awareness can play in helping us to awaken from our illusion of separateness from others -- and from the Earth.
Following their teaching, they are joined by Lou Leonard and Dekila Chungyulpa of the World Wildlife Fund. They discuss how Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas are responding to the threat of climate change, and practical ways that each of us can be part of the global solution.
We then each have an opportunity to sign a unique document that has emerged from the contributions of more than 20 Buddhist teachers from all traditions. It's called, "The Time to Act is Now - A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change." HH the Dalai Lama was the first to sign it, and this is how the declaration concludes:
"We have a brief window of opportunity to take action, to preserve humanity from imminent disaster, and to assist the survival of the many diverse and beautiful forms of life on Earth. Future generations, and the other species that share the biosphere with us, have no voice to ask for our compassion, wisdom, and leadership. We must listen to their silence. We must be their voice, too, and act on their behalf."
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