We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup George Monbiot George Monbiot

 

 

Message in a coffee cup

 

This truth about our consumption and ways of living hurts, but we must challenge ourselves and our governments to face up to what we are all contributing to and act to bring about simple and sustainable living, hard though it seems. I know I should give up the car, grow more food, encourage local food growing and employment, avoid burning fuel and many other actions…but I keep being pulled along by the ‘need’ for my car to get me places easily and quickly, the ‘need’ to travel the world and broaden my mind, the ‘need’ to have tasty ‘fresh’ foods from all over the world… I could go on…in the end these are all quite selfish and individualistic ‘needs’ – as I study and practice the Buddha way I recognise more and more that I must let go of these ‘needs’ but it is a struggle – why is it such a struggle in the face of such evidence of our mutual destruction of the Earth and of our own well-being? Something I must work on…

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Reb Anderson

Aha – just sitting…

Shundo David Haye

‘People often think that they are doing… sitting meditation. They think, I’m sitting upright doing meditation. Right? In a sense, that is meditation on the imputational character of phenomena. The phenomenon of you sitting, the imputational character of it, is that it’s an independent thing, and you, an independent person, make that independent thing happen. It’s nonsense, but that’s the imputational character. “I make myself sit. I do meditation.” So one way to meditate on the other-dependent character is to see if you can open to how your sitting – the sitting meditation that is happening – is being given to you. Receive the sitting. See the sitting that’s happening right now as a gift to the body, and see the body itself as a gift. You could say that you are being given this moment. You are being given a body, and this body that is appearing to you…

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