A REQUEST TO ADDRESS/TEACH ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Dear Dharma Leaders and Sitting Group Facilitators,
Next month, June 10-13, there will be an International Vipassana Teachers gathering at Spirit Rock. Teachers from around the US, Europe and abroad will be meeting to vision together how the Dharma can best serve the community of practitioners and our world. Among the topics we will look at the role of the Dharma and Dharma teachers as we face the reality of climate change.
As the impacts of a warming world grow and become more obvious, we risk a society that moves from disbelief to dismay and depression – skipping over the activity that can reduce the suffering to come. This suffering will be unevenly borne, exacerbating existing environmental injustice and environmental racism, as those least responsible for its causes bear an undue share of the burden.
Teachers respond to the needs of students. If teachers hear from practitioners that this is an important priority, they will respond. In the Buddhist tradition of "requesting the dharma to be taught,” some dharma friends in the UK and USA have developed an online “letter of request” that students can sign. It asks teachers to take a leadership role on this issue by providing guidance and teachings in the most skillful way to deal with the consequences we all will face in the coming years resulting from climate change. We’re writing you to ask your support in spreading this request to your communities. We hope thousands of dharma practitioners will sign so that the teachers at the June meeting see their concern and respond accordingly.
We would be grateful if you can help with spreading the link to the request form below through email, Facebook and other social media outlets. You might consider taking a suitable computer or print-out to sangha meetings so students can sign the request in-person. Signed hard copies can be sent to: James Baraz, c/o Sprit Rock, PO Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973.
Request for Teachings and Leadership on Climate Change
Thank you for your support in making this happen.
With appreciation and metta,
Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, James Baraz, Tara Brach, Larry Yang, Joanna Macy, and Catherine McGee
Resources for Climate Change (pdf) provided by Donald Rothberg