Earth Metta open event: Accepting Change; Easing Suffering: Wisdom, Compassion and the Earth’s Ecology
A Zoom afternoon with Maitrisiddhi
How do we approach extremely painful areas like the effects that climate change, habitat destruction and pollution are having on the earth’s ecosystem? It can sometimes feel as though there are only two options – to attempt to ignore it and carry on as usual, or to panic or despair, and try to take action out of horrified anxiety and guilt. But there is a Middle Way!
The Buddha taught both wisdom and compassion. The wisdom perspective offers us a deep acceptance and equanimity – essential to truly being able to face the current ecological situation. The compassion perspective offers us a sense of connection and solidarity with all life, and a desire to act to ease destruction and suffering. These two perspectives can feel as though they are opposites – even in conflict with each other. But they aren’t. Both are essential for us to meet the ecological situation of our times with emotional resilience and responsiveness.
Maitrisiddhi began her dharma life at Sheffield Buddhist Centre and is now a member of the Taraloka retreat team. The afternoon will include a presentation, discussion and meditation.