"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
"Thanks David. Apologies for the tone of my reply. This whole side you write of is too much of a raw nerve for me to keep it together well. I went to a rally regarding factory farming last night and was taken aback by the militancy with…"
"I am one with the thrust of this essay; including the dualist side. But I need to ask you a little more about some statements there. It is easy I agree to rail against the culture; but it is also necessary. Maybe this is contingent on how we…"
"We have til now assumed there is time for such global political developments to occur. It is possible for instance that Putin believes industrial and even ecological breakdown is happening and unstoppable. That is unknowable by us but I look closely…"
"There are so many parallels here with the shooting or is it missilling down of the passenger jet over the Ukraine. Immediately Russia was blamed and the 'proof' eventually offered was a truck without a full load of its missiles driving…"
"I suppose some readers have noticed the entire national identity of Australia is under attack from cheating in cricket. The outrage from the pm right throughout society is enormous. A huge if only for me, that such passion only seems to exist around…"
"Hey Dayamay, nice to hear from you and yes how interesting 'negativity' has been. The most 'out there' of scientific theory I have come across is in the book 'beyond biocentrism'by Robert Lanza. He pioneered stem…"
"Thank you David. A good day in store visiting my latest grandchild and family. It seems Brett and Peter have gone too long down this terrible path to rebound, given the few options available now. Namo Amida Bu."
"There were extreme circumstances this morning as I wrote to the discussion on negativity. I answered a knock on the door and a neighbour was there extremely disturbed. He was high on ice and barely able to speak. He explained that he had…"
"Very much appreciated thank you David. Having recently read Robert Lanza's Beyond Biocentrism and considering now reading Ervin Laszlo's the Intelligence of the Cosmos I am rather full of notions of there being only consciousness…"
"I may have moments of not identifying with body and mind but there is a vast amount of identifying with body and mind in between. Movements like deep ecology draw us into primarily identifying with the natural elements of our world and even…"
"I can too easily 'identify' with this process of negativity. There is another side to what is called negativity or pessimism or even hopelessness and I seem to excel here in regard to dwelling on the multitude of critical problems…"
I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...
"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…
On Saturday evening our regular study group met on Skype where we looked at and discussed material from "No Abode", a beautiful book about the life of Ippen, ancient Japanese Purland master and "The Essential Shinran" which documents the life of Shinran Shonin, one of Honen's most famous disciples. We had a very stimulating discussion which I enjoyed greatly. We will be meeting again on Saturday 19th May at 9pm British time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join us.…
I wasn't getting as much done as I intended to or 'needed' to in my previous mode of moving between lots of different activities, so I decided to devote one day a week to a particular activity, and this week I'm doing a Buddhism day. I've finally managed to get started on Vow 22, then I did some online research and catching up with mostly Buddhist emails, then I wrote a dharma talk. I plan to do a service run-through later. It's certainly easier for me to get things done this way. Namo Amida…
Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Gisho Saiko. Sensei Saiko was the founder of Shinshu Counselling. He wrote a number of books and presented his ideas at international conferences as well as through his university and Buddhist organisations in Japan. He referred to my work in his books and when I visited Japan a few months before his death, he took on to invite me to a number of gatherings and hosted my wife and I in royal fashion. He was enthusiastic that I should play a…