David R. Loy on how a “new understanding of the self” is what will be required of us in order to turn our planet’s climate crisis around.
“Only a year ago,” writes David R. Loy, “Barack Obama looked almost like the political equivalent of Maitreya.” But things have changed.
Stephanie Kaza reviews two Buddhist books on environment and climate change, and how we can use dharma to tackle this problem.
David Loy says many social problems are rooted in a deluded sense of collective self and that greed, ill will, and delusion are often institutionalized.
Buddhism may be our planet’s only real hope, say David Loy and John Stanley. They’re calling for an international gathering of Buddhist leaders to address the ecological crisis before it’s too late.
If we continue abusing the earth this way, there is no doubt that our civilization will be destroyed. This turnaround takes enlightenment, awakening. The Buddha attained individual awakening. Now we need a collective enlightenment to stop this course of destruction. Civilization is going to end if we continue to drown in the competition for power, fame, sex, and profit.
— Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power