The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency
The goal of Buddhism is to wake up to reality, and the climate and ecological emergency has the potential to awaken us individually and collectively from the sleep of unawareness. We can wake up to what is going on around us, what we are losing in terms of quality of life, loss of biodiversity, and loss of wellbeing for future generations.
Given that actions have consequences depending on the motivations with which they are performed, it’s not just what we do but how we respond that is crucial. How we respond now will provide the template for future responses. Acceptance, compassion, cooperation, and empathy will lead to different outcomes from aggression, competition, blame, and denial.
In The Burning House, Buddhist teacher and Nonviolent Communication trainer Shantigarbha offers personal stories, examples and guided reﬂections that will help you learn to work with doubt, overwhelm, grief and anger; engage with the science of the climate debates; free yourself to align with life; and act with courage, humour and generosity.