A Buddhist response to climate change?

What does it mean to express a Buddhist response to climate change? What does this wisdom tradition and our love for this life call us to do? How can we respond with wisdom, compassion and courage?

“A monk once asked the Chinese Master Yun Men, “What is the work of the Buddha’s whole life?” Yun Men replied, “An appropriate response.” In the face of catastrophic climate change, we as a mindfulness/Buddhist community have the opportunity to creatively define for ourselves appropriate response: response that is wise, compassionate, transformative, resolute and equanimous. To realize this potential, the community needs courageous, engaged practitioners at all levels. This is the path of the EcoSattva.

The term “EcoSattva” is a blend of “eco” or “ecology” with “Boddhisattva,” an enlightened being wholly dedicated to the freedom and well-being of others. This course hopes to support aspiring EcoSattvas in a diverse and powerful body of response, tailored to their aspirations and abilities and grounded in the demands of their local situations. Specifically, the course will endeavor to

  1. Root action on climate in Dharma practice
  2. Develop Sangha by connecting EcoSattvas with each other and outside partners
  3. Inspire and inform “appropriate response”

This is an online course organised by One Earth Sangha containing 8 sessions beginning Sunday 16th of October, featuring luminaries like Joanna Macy, global Buddhist activists like Thanissara, powerful new voices in the Dharma like Reverend angel Kyodo williams, One Earth Sangha co-founder and head of the World Wildlife Fund’s climate program Lou Leonard, and many others. Most importantly, this year’s training offers another opportunity to come together in community to explore how the practices of wisdom and compassion can meet a challenge even as immense as global climate change.

This wonderful programme here in Edinburgh has now finished, but you can continue to access it online and listen to the sessions for up to 11 months after you register. For more information on the training, the content, the contributors and the organisers, please click here.