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    Awakening in the Age of Climate Change Paid Member

    Let me begin by emphasizing what most of us already know about climate change. First, it’s the greatest threat to human civilization ever, as far as we can tell. Second, it’s not an external threat but something we are doing to ourselves. And third, our collective response remains, if not completely negligible, very far from adequate. More »
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    The Buddha's Footprint Paid Member

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    The Witness Paid Member

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    Reflections on an Impermanent World Paid Member

    Over 98 percent of all species ever to live on earth are now extinct. Though some of this loss is to be expected as part of the natural cycle of evolution— in nature, change is constant; stasis is abnormal— there have also been moments of catastrophic change, when the diversity of life has plummeted so suddenly and dramatically that the rules of evolution no longer apply. Over the course of geological history there have been at least five of these mass extinction events. Scientists are now saying that we are currently in the midst of a sixth. More »
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    Survival Tactics for the Mind Paid Member

    If the Buddha got enlightened without all the rules, why, in this tradition that claims to be closest to the life of the historical Buddha, are there so many rules for monks? The Buddha had already internalized the principles of the dharma. Rules were really a response to monks who got out of line. They're also useful as warning lights—when you're tempted to break a rule, you have to slow down and examine your motivation. Often you find there are subtle levels of greed, anger, or delusion that you didn't see at first. These days, do you have problems with the rules? More »