Written By Joe Mishan, for XR Buddhists, before the October ’19 rebellion
XR Buddhists stand with our fellow Buddhists and all faith groups in Extinction Rebellion at this most momentous of times.
The climate emergency brings both the most terrible of possibilities and the most transformational. The possibility of mass extinction of life on this planet is forcing upon us a truth long forgotten by the so-called developed world: that all things are connected. We have lived too long in a delusion of separation, isolated from the astonishing grace and beauty of the life forms with which we share our world.
This delusional state has paved the way for the mortal damage our economies have visited on the Earth. And in our hearts we have also paid a heavy price: a sense of meaningless, and of personal and spiritual loneliness has become pervasive. The climate crisis demands that we choose between awakening to the truth of interdependence on each other and the non-human world, with all the beauty and gratitude this brings, or face terrible consequences.
And the way to this awakening is love. In Buddhist practice, as in many faith traditions in different forms, we invite this blossoming of a loving heart through meditation, ritual, and our wisdom teachings.
With our dear friends in this emerging and courageous movement, we sit and walk in the light of love and the spirit of the awakened heart.
May wisdom and love prevail
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