Reversing Global Warming - Prayers and Aspirations

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kirtu wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:55 pm
Ayu wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:37 am The more political aspects of this discussion moved here: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.p ... 11#p572211
Science is not politics.

Science and understanding science is also part of the result of effective prayer and study of the five sciences, and is not separate from Buddhadharma.

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I hope, you at least agree that the splitted posts were not at all referring to the OP's prayers recommendations.
I'll change the title of the new thread now and I'm waiting for your proposals, if you still dislike the new title.
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Wow! This thread snoozed for a long time!

With COP26 under way right now I thought I should share HHDL's message:
Dalai Lama wrote:Message to COP26
I am pleased to know that the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP26 - to address the climate emergency we are facing today will be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.
Global warming is an urgent reality. None of us is able to change the past. But we are all in a position to contribute to a better future. Indeed, we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the more than seven billion human beings alive today to ensure that all of us can continue to live in peace and safety. With hope and determination, we must take care of both our own lives and those of all our neighbours.
Our ancestors viewed the earth as rich and bountiful, which it is, but what’s more it is our only home. We must protect it not only for ourselves, but also for future generations, and for the countless species with which we share the planet.
The Tibetan plateau, the largest reservoir of snow and ice outside the North and the South Poles, has often been called “the Third Pole.” Tibet is the source of some of the world’s major rivers, among them the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Indus, the Mekong, the Salween, the Yellow River and the Yangtze. These rivers are the source of life because they provide drinking water, irrigation for agriculture, and hydropower, for nearly two billion people across Asia. The melting of Tibet’s numerous glaciers, the damming and diversion of rivers, and widespread deforestation, exemplify how ecological neglect in one area can have consequences almost everywhere.
Today, we need to address the future not with prayers prompted by fear, but by taking realistic action founded on scientific understanding. The inhabitants of our planet are interdependent as never before. Everything we do affects our human companions, as well as innumerable animal and plant species.
We human beings are the only creatures with the power to destroy the earth, but we are also the species with the greatest capacity to protect it. We must confront issues of climate change on a cooperative global level for everyone’s benefit. But we must also do what we can on a personal level. Even small daily actions, such as how we use water and how we dispose of what we don’t need, have consequences. We must make taking care of our natural environment a part of our daily life, and learn what science has to teach us.
I am encouraged to see that our younger generations are demanding concrete action on climate change. This gives some hope for the future. The efforts of young activists such as Greta Thunberg to raise awareness of the need to listen to the science and act accordingly is crucial. Since their stance is realistic, we must encourage them.
I regularly emphasise the importance of maintaining a sense of the oneness of humanity, the idea that every human being is a part of us. The threat of global warming and climate change is not limited by national boundaries; it affects us all.
As we face this crisis together, it is imperative that we act in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation in order to limit its consequences. I hope and pray that our leaders will gather the strength to take collective action to address this emergency, and set a timetable for change. We have to act to make this a safer, greener, happier world.
With my prayers and good wishes,
Dalai Lama
31 October 2021
If you're on Facebook, this is the page - https://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama/

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Just to share one of the practices that can be done against global warming and its negative effects here is an event info taken from Tulku Sherdor's FB page.
Special online (Zoom) program announcement: Saturday January 8, 2022 at 9 a.m. New York (Daylight Savings) Time.

“The All-Pervasive Blessing of the Body Mandala of the Noble Sa’i Nyingpo,” from the Body Treasury of Vairocana, a treasure sadhana of Kṣitigarbha (Sa Yi Nyingpo; ས་ཡི་སྙིང་པོ).

As explained in the Sutras, Kṣitigarbha is the regent of Buddha Shakyamuni charged with protecting the beings and environment of this material world in the interim until the appearance of Buddha Maitreya.

By request from many individuals around the world who are interested in a practice to increase the merit and richness of the environment, I will be offering a detailed instruction on this treasure sadhana from His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, which was among the texts for which I offered a reading transmission a few months ago.

His Holiness taught this practice only once in the West, exactly 20 years ago in New York, and I offered my service as his translator for the teaching and the sadhana at that time. This is the first time I am offering the complete instruction. This is a very rare and distinctive Vajrayana style practice of this deity.

There is only one way to register for this program: please send an email to [email protected] to receive information on the zoom meeting. This program is not restricted. There is no fee. An option to offer Dana will be available.
“Observing samaya involves to remain inseparable from the union of wisdom and compassion at all times, to sustain mindfulness, and to put into practice the guru’s instructions”. Garchen Rinpoche

For those who do virtuous actions,
goodness is what comes to pass.
For those who do non-virtuous actions,
that becomes suffering indeed.

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Reciting prayers to reverse global warming? Is this serious?
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Shinjin wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:00 pm Reciting prayers to reverse global warming? Is this serious?
Yes. Welcome to a religious forum, we recite prayers and believe in their effect.
“Observing samaya involves to remain inseparable from the union of wisdom and compassion at all times, to sustain mindfulness, and to put into practice the guru’s instructions”. Garchen Rinpoche

For those who do virtuous actions,
goodness is what comes to pass.
For those who do non-virtuous actions,
that becomes suffering indeed.

- Arya Sanghata Sutra
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:11 pm
Shinjin wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:00 pm Reciting prayers to reverse global warming? Is this serious?
Yes. Welcome to a religious forum, we recite prayers and believe in their effect.
How would they work in this situation? I thought Buddhas/Bodhisattvas/Gods weren't omnipotent in Buddhism as they are in other religions such as Hinduism and Chrisitianity.
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Shinjin wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:07 pm How would they work in this situation? I thought Buddhas/Bodhisattvas/Gods weren't omnipotent in Buddhism as they are in other religions such as Hinduism and Chrisitianity.
Ofc they are not. However there are such things as interdependence of phenomena, not to mention that through such prayers you generate merit. And even if you are heavily materialistic the simple fact is that it directs your mind towards positive thoughts such as happines, prosperity and safety of others.

I am not the right person to explain the intricate details, however there are plenty examples of prayers working. Just last year Garchen Rinpoche's center in Arizona was in danger of fire spreading. Garchen Rinpoche prepared for evacuation but also asked his monks in Tibet to pray for the center and spin the big prayerwheel in the Gar monastery. Soon after that the fires stopped getting closer to the center and a ran started falling out of nowhere. There is a plethora of stories such as this one.

Ofcourse it can always be dismissed as coincidences or whatnot however where is the fun in that?
“Observing samaya involves to remain inseparable from the union of wisdom and compassion at all times, to sustain mindfulness, and to put into practice the guru’s instructions”. Garchen Rinpoche

For those who do virtuous actions,
goodness is what comes to pass.
For those who do non-virtuous actions,
that becomes suffering indeed.

- Arya Sanghata Sutra
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:16 pm
Shinjin wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:07 pm How would they work in this situation? I thought Buddhas/Bodhisattvas/Gods weren't omnipotent in Buddhism as they are in other religions such as Hinduism and Chrisitianity.
Ofc they are not. However there are such things as interdependence of phenomena, not to mention that through such prayers you generate merit. And even if you are heavily materialistic the simple fact is that it directs your mind towards positive thoughts such as happines, prosperity and safety of others.

I am not the right person to explain the intricate details, however there are plenty examples of prayers working. Just last year Garchen Rinpoche's center in Arizona was in danger of fire spreading. Garchen Rinpoche prepared for evacuation but also asked his monks in Tibet to pray for the center and spin the big prayerwheel in the Gar monastery. Soon after that the fires stopped getting closer to the center and a ran started falling out of nowhere. There is a plethora of stories such as this one.

Ofcourse it can always be dismissed as coincidences or whatnot however where is the fun in that?
Hopefully it works out for you all. Good luck.
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Shinjin wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:00 pm Reciting prayers to reverse global warming? Is this serious?
Hi, Shinjin,
You may have missed the fact that this thread has a 'secular' twin - https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=36334 - where we talk about the science and politics of global warming. You may be happier with that one. :smile:
It's more active, too - it's now 18 pages long although it started at the same time as this one.

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[Mod note: I moved the science-related posts to the thread Kim O Hara linked above.]
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~ Realize You are the Earth, by Thich Nhat Hanh ~

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, that the Earth is only the environment. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.

We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born. That is the meaning of love, to be at one."
This, both words and image, comes from the Ecological Consciousness facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064821395990. There are a lot more similar memes and messages there, so if you liked this and you are on fb, trot right over.

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Garchen Rinpoche's teaching on aspirations.
Actually, everything comes from aspiration. Everything good and bad comes from aspiration. For example, now in this world, there is so many difficulties and hardships. The suffering that people experience is caused by certain individuals with evil aspirations and intentions. There are certain individuals who are full of hatred and wish to harm others and then they die with that state of mind – an angry mind. They die with this corrupt aspiration of wanting to harm, wanting to hurt others. Because that is an aspiration too, even though it is negative, it also will mature. Now we can see, the outcome of such aspirations is now ripening in the world. Also, there is something I saw on TV, a real story that happened in America, there was this really powerful person who set himself on fire and immediately you could see from the flames of the fire, a shape emerged. This is something that science can show. This also happens. This is due to hatred and something emerges from that.

So basically, whatever aspiration we make, whether it is beneficial or harmful, it is very powerful. However, an evil aspiration is less powerful than a beneficial aspiration, because a beneficial aspiration is connected to Bodhichitta which makes it stronger and more powerful. So, this is how the qualities of a Buddha arise — out of aspirations. So, any aspiration is extremely significant, especially at times when you experience illness and suffering, aspiration prayers can be very powerful. Nowadays, I always encourage people to recite this verse from the Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara dedication.
Source: https://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/202 ... pirations/
“Observing samaya involves to remain inseparable from the union of wisdom and compassion at all times, to sustain mindfulness, and to put into practice the guru’s instructions”. Garchen Rinpoche

For those who do virtuous actions,
goodness is what comes to pass.
For those who do non-virtuous actions,
that becomes suffering indeed.

- Arya Sanghata Sutra
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