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Lions Roar : September 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2009 86 denial regarding the nature of the climate emergency. Ringu tulku Rinpoche writes, “we train not to lose the calm clarity of the mind even in the worst situations... whatever happens, if we lose stability, bodhichitta, and equanimity, we cannot accomplish much.” among the western writers, bhikkhu bodhi offers a level- headed approach: “through wisdom, we investigate a danger: see it as a whole, identify its underlying causation, and de- termine what can be done to remedy it at the causal level. through compassion, our hearts feel the danger vividly and person- ally, and thereby expand to embrace all those exposed to harm.” stanley and his wife, diane, also a long- time practitioner of tibetan buddhism, round out the solutions with many well- known pragmatic approaches already un- der discussion: energy efficiency, developing renewables, expanding tree cover, reducing consumption, hybrid vehicles, etc. like the climate-science section, these are only weak- ly linked to a buddhist perspective. they might have included examples of buddhist initiatives to address climate change, such as solar temples in Japan or off-the-grid mon- asteries in british columbia. it is surprising that there was no discussion of the potential role for sangha in building a buddhist cli- mate movement. likewise, the considerable debate over climate justice was not part of this buddhist analysis, a common oversight in developed nations. nonetheless, both A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency and Ecological in- telligence have much to offer. the authors and editors deeply want your attention on these crucial ecological issues, and they have made their best efforts to do the re- search and writing to bring these matters to the public. but whether learning and awareness will generate behavior change is up to us. the state of life on earth may ultimately depend on our capacity to act with true ecological intelligence. ♦ online Q&A at www.shambhalasun.com: David Loy, author of a buddhist Response to the climate emergency, on what Buddhists can do about the environment.