"Remembering back, Trump tied two promises together. He will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it. So this current dispute over his demand the us pays for the wall has no legitimacy,. Not that Trump himself has any issues regarding not…"
"I couldn't find the like button...technological dukkha....like!..... Having been drawn into comments. It does seem so far beyond believable to me that individually and collectively and 'timely' we can turn around how we live, we can…"
"Thanks Matt for reposting what I wrote. I want to recheck details, check latest developments and find words that help to accept all this.
Occasionally I do write along the lines... what an abomination a billionaire is using such needed resources for…"
"Thanks Matt. I have been noticing the group extinction rebellion and I feel very pleased to see its appearance.
I have read I think two of Monbiot's books and ensure I read his Guardian newspaper articles. A weakness that is commonly shared is…"
"All I can do David is reach out to people, very much including yourself. I lack depth in history, geography, global potitics and especially psychology and Buddhism. What I bring to the table is a lifelong distrust of elite government, of…"
"I write to the correspondents in this discussion David, Matt and Kaspa. For such a vital discussion I am again rather gobsmacked that there are so few correspondents.
The political situation in Western countries is as you say Kaspa; still rather…"
"I cannot see any way we can avoid global social collapse driven by what is already ecological collapse. While denial is the social currency and likely will remain so until the fires fully overwhelm us the suffering of all beings will also grow…"
"Thanks David for this important and very insightful essay. We all need much help with clarity of vision especially in these fake news times. I did not hope for much in that international capitalism would actually respond with any appropriate…"
"It might well do so. To avoid doing so humans have to either stop expanding their domain (and even diminish it somewhat) or find somewhere other than planet earth to do so - neither of which seem terribly likely in the immediately foreseeable future."
A view I have is that human culture will inevitably destroy global ecology. The hindsight we have now if we dare look comes far too late in the process of human evolution to avoid this outcome. When we talk of emptiness are we not talking of life without the baggage of human culture? If there is reason in this it does seem a useful term in understanding that we are both participants and victims in this whirlwind that we call our lives.See More
In Dharma practice, questions are very important. Most instances of enlightenment recorded occur in dialogues and most of these start from a question. This is how the Dharma is given and received. It is not just a matter of getting the right answer. The very act of asking and answering is a practice. Here I will offer answers to the questions that I get asked from time to time and so we shall meet.See More
I’ve always been interested in groupwork. Recently I’ve been facilitating a rather challenging group. It includes an older man who is enjoying his retirement, an outdoor type who does not say so much but clearly regards the other members as wimps, a writer who has an irritating obsession with etymology, one I think of as the wanderer whose life problem seems to be that of never having learnt to settle down, who tells endless entertaining stories of travels, love affairs and so on, and I was…
Carol drove me into Ottawa at midday on Wednesday 12th. I had spent the morning being interviewed and making a short film. In Ottawa we had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and then went on to the airport where she dropped me off. I was to take a local plane to Montreal then fly to Paris and on to Bilbao in Spain with Air France, due to arrive at nine in the morning local time the following day. F would meet me in Spain and take me back to stay with him in a village near Vittoria.…
I'd like to try to say something about real life, which is the only thing that is really interesting.
I have been a bookworm ever since I learnt to read, which was not until I was seven years old. By that time I had already had important spiritual experiences. I was a rather odd child. Many ideas went through my head that tended to set me apart from other children.