At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction until some major disaster occurs. Perhaps when New York is under water, people may sit up and ask, “Say, how did that happen?” but I imagine it might be too late by then. Anyway, nobody wants to do the kinds of things that might actually make a real difference. We just want to carry on as normal, do a little bit of recycling, try to reduce carbon output by 1% or so, and then fail to achieve even that. We do not want this crisis to change our way of life. Meanwhile species are going out of existence and life teems no more. We are indeed foolish beings and the Buddhas must weep to see us so.

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Comment by Paul Overend on January 6, 2020 at 22:25

I read this in England as Australia wildfires are burning, with tears in my eyes.

Comment by Vajrapala Lut Moerman on September 12, 2019 at 6:17

Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat. Hope people get not overwhelmed by fear, grief, sadness and helplesness. Doing things together with others can maybe bring some relief. Working together in the natural world, praying, offering our efforts to the Buddhas, .... and maybe we have to accept the endless hunger for more and more and the blindness of humankind runs out to our destruction ? Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat. We see how less and less birds, insects, butterflys, .... visit our garden, summertime is a time off death for much plants where before they where nurtured by the mix off water and sun. Very silent in the garden when the sun burns so very hard over days and weeks ....... this feels unsettling and shocking. Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat. We need your thousand arms Quan Yin!!! Crying for this world. Please help!

Comment by Satya Robyn on September 9, 2019 at 12:25

Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat. I've found it so helpful to know that others are also feeling this grief. 

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