Here's a statement on the Environmental Crisis that caught my attention. It's hard to misinterpret the meaning of Bill McKibben's prose. And he is quoting the chief scientist at NASA, a man whose knowledge of the weather and the planet must work, or else astronauts would die and the space program would fail. If we don't take this man's word as valid, who knows more than he? I read this article and I'm convinced.
Civilization's last chance; The planet is nearing a tipping point on climate change, and it gets much worse, fast.
By Bill McKibben, May 11, 2008
Even for Americans -- who are constitutionally convinced that there
will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that,
and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a
Brand New Start -- even for us, the world looks a little terminal right
Our Sangha neighbors from Abhayagiri Forest Monastery come down to stay at BBM the first Tuesday of each month. We have kept this relationship alive for a decade or more, and it is a high point of every month. This time Ajahn Pasanno brought four other monks with him to speak Dharma and then drive to Fremont to pay respects to a Thai Elder who was visiting the US. Here is a photo of the group in the dining room at Berkeley. Their Dharma Protector Debbie drove the monks down from Redwood Valley.
At this time of the year the Buddhist world celebrates the birthday of our founder, the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became Shakyamuni Buddha. The dates are uncertains and the calendars are various, so any Spring we might attend five or six different Buddha's birthday celebrations. Last Sunday I went to the Buddhist Council of Northern California's Buddha's birthday in Berkeley. Nine traditions sent Sangha members, 150 people attended and a good time was had by all.
My old friend Bhante Assaji, from India, appeared by surprise. When we knew each other in 1983 he was a young monk with a reputation as somebody who would float on boats to rescue people stranded by floods in the lowlands.
He has since become the Chief Priest in all of India, quite a distinction. It was great meeting him again!
April and May brought guests. Rev. Bill Lesher, Chairman of the Board of the Council for the Parliament of the Worlds' Religionscame over on Saturday to talk to a dozen Buddhist friends, including the Venerable Ajahn Mahinda, from Australia. The Parliament will convene in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, and Ven. Mahinda and I proposed ways that the Buddhists might organize and form a united presence at the Parliament.
Please enjoy the next installment of my essays written during Jon Carrol's writing workshop eight years back. This exercise was called: "Historical Witness. Pick a time and place and write as if you were there."