Oct 31st-Nov 12th Practices for COP26
Daily practices offered through the Plum Village community to support the COP26 UN Climate Conference.
"There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it." — Thích Nhất Hạnh
We hope you are enjoying the daily practices, your ancestor alter, and being with the Earth. We would like to remind you that the Nov 6th Global Day of Action is soon approaching. As a Sangha you are invited to join in a town or city near you. We can offer to the actions our collective energy of peace and stillness, enjoying every step with freedom and deep connection to the Earth. You may find an action near you or create an event of your own.
Daily Home Practice
Today, we are invited to practice with 'The Seven Remembrances of a Changing Planet', offered by EHC Regional Community Builder, Heather Lyn Mann. Please say aloud, the following words, allowing spaces and pauses to feel and breathe into the practice. For french speakers Les gardien.ne.s de la Terre will be offering a live recitation at 18:30-19:30(France).
The Seven Remembrances of a Changing Planet
The causes and conditions supporting life on Earth are of the nature to change. There is no way for me to escape the consequences of global climate catastrophe.
The vegetation of Earth is of the nature to burn and die. There is no way for me to escape the death of crops, forests, and wild lands.
The animals of Earth are of a nature to become extinct. There is no way for me to escape the sixth mass extinction of aquatic, terrestrial, subterranean, and aerial beings.
The racial and social injustice harming each other and the Earth may ultimately be healed. Meanwhile, there is no way for me to escape othering, hatred, vulnerability, and diminished resilience.
The civilizations of Earth are of a nature to end. There is no way for me to escape the collapse of governments and religions; public infrastructure; communication systems; and stable food production.
My happiness, which exists independent of particular causes and conditions, is my true gift to the world. My ethical actions, rooted in love and self-restraint, are my expressions of gratitude to Mother Earth.
Mother Earth, precious jewel of the cosmos, who transcends notions of human birth and death, who is not limited by minerals, plants, animals, humanity or injustice, is continuing her long journey of beginning anew.
We are also invited to read a love letter to Mother Earth, "Your Wonder, Beauty & Creativity". For a full collection of love letters, see the book from Parallax Press.
Touching Eternity: Thich Nhat Hanh on Ecological Collapse
Thich Nhat Hanh He advocates a human-based solution to solving climate crisis. “We need more than just new technology to protect the planet,” says Thich Nhat Hanh. “We need real community and co-operation. We need to re-establish true communication—true communion—with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another.” Only when we can touch real love for the Earth, he says, will we have the immense energy we need to make the radical changes necessary to save our civilization.
Friday, November 12th Guided Practice + Dharma Sharing
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Who we are…
The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism is a global community of mindfulness practitioners who follow the teachings of Venerable Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh (a.k.a. “Thay,” meaning “teacher”). The Earth Holder Community is a branch of the Plum Village tree that applies Thay’s core teachings on engaged Buddhism, mindful living, social and racial justice, and inter-being with Mother Earth at this time of ecological crisis.
Earth Holders’ aim to “bring mindfulness, compassion, healing, and non-violence to protecting ourselves, each other, all beings, and the Earth.”