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How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct - Dhamma Wheel

How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

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How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby sundara » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:03 pm

Here is a link to a site of how Buddhism can help turn around the runaway global meltdown of the 3 major ice poles:
http://www.ecobuddhism.org/

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:19 pm

That looks like a good site. I see they have a Declaration petition, signed first by the Dalai Lama.
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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby acinteyyo » Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:19 am

This may be a bit off topic, but...
I can't even see a reason why the earth should exist and I can't find a reason why the earth should be prevented from becoming extinct. All I can see is that human beings aren't acting by nature, a consequence is e.g. human beings destroy their own natural habitat. I think buddhism can't help preventing earth becoming extinct. Buddhism can help human beings acting by nature (according to Dhamma), a consequence would be e.g. human beings wouldn't destroy their own natural habitat.
In the end extinction is a natural phenomenon, no one can prevent conditioned things becoming extinct. And the earth is one of these conditioned things as well as human beings. Trying to change the world will fail, but to change oneself can change the world.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby acinteyyo » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:10 pm

very well said indeed! :mrgreen:
Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:33 pm

Hi Clive
I think you are missing what is meant.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby clw_uk » Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:55 pm

Who is clive?
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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:56 pm

ok forgot your name


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby acinteyyo » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:24 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

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Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby Rhino » Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:08 am

With best wishes

Only in a vertical view, straight down into the abyss of his own personal existence, is a man capable of apprehending the perilous insecurity of his situation; and only a man who does apprehend this is prepared to listen to the Buddha's Teaching.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby Rhino » Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:35 am

With best wishes

Only in a vertical view, straight down into the abyss of his own personal existence, is a man capable of apprehending the perilous insecurity of his situation; and only a man who does apprehend this is prepared to listen to the Buddha's Teaching.

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Re: How Buddhism can help to prevent earth becoming extinct

Postby Individual » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:05 pm

Although global warming is a serious problem, many people's "solutions" for it aren't very practical largely because they don't seem very knowledgeable. For instance, that website says that renewable energy is "limitless". That's not true. Renewable energy is more flexible, because you have a much larger, purer source of energy, but there is still a fixed amount of energy that can be used (ex: the total amount of energy output of the sun over its lifetime).

Anyway, it's good to have a global cap and trade program to reduce emissions, but the Earth is going to continue to rise in temperature, climate will change, and we will simply have to adapt. Eliminating carbon emissions entirely is not a feasible option economically. Also, a global cap and trade program might be meaningless if underdeveloped countries don't have to abide by the same standards as developed nations. If the standards are unequal, it will basically be a means of wealth distribution to poor countries, so that they can pollute.
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