I concur that, as concerns the world’s major organizations, Buddhism is among the most environmentally friendly. In this day and age, if we must have a religious revival, it would be so very refreshing to have it be something like Buddhism, rather than Islam or Christianity. The fact that it isn’t tends to demonstrate …that there is no good God in charge of everything. “…he sat and consulted with the Buddha…” Maybe I should go have a consultation with Pan.
How Buddhism could be a way out of the environmental mess we are in
The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his new book how a Buddhist approach could benefit ecology
He discusses in the book how he sat and consulted with the Buddha for many hours and came away with the recognition that we could be facing the end of our civilisation unless we can achieve a spiritual awakening and change our individual and collective behaviour.
“In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over a few seeds of grain, unaware that in a few hours they will all be killed,” he writes.
Above all else, Thay – as he is known – teaches that the world cannot be changed outside of ourselves. The answer is for each one of us to transform the fear, anger, and despair which we cover-up with over-consumption. If we are filling our bodies and minds with toxins, it is no surprise that the world around us also becomes poisoned.
He also argues that those who put their faith in technology alone to save the planet are bowing to a false god.
Like many other spiritual leaders, he sees the genesis of our pain as coming from our dualistic mindset that sees our connection to god, or Buddha, or spirit as outside ourselves and accessible only after our death. As a result we have developed a strong ego that sees itself as separate and threatened and needs to amass things like wealth to feel strong and protected. But none of these can fill the chasm created by our deep sense of separation….