These were the conclusions we came to last night at our dharma discussion in the Mindfulness in Healing sangha.
The discussion was sparked by the article on the Lion’s Roar website titled, “What does Neil deGrasse Tyson have to say about “Buddhistic” astrophysics?”
The article presented three excepts from my interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson in May, 2011 which are included in my book, Cosmology and Buddhist Thought: A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson and under the Cosmology link under Home, above.
I also presented a brief overview of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall, a Harvard professor of particle physics who recently published insights into the Chicxulub asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs will be the subject of another article in the coming days, but for now, I just wanted to let you know that in Lisa Ransall’s closing remarks, she alluded to the kinds of issues that relate to climate change, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the current extinction rate of species on our “small blue dot,” as Carl Segan put it.
We discussed many of these same issues last night and were stuck by the unwillingness of the people in power to do anything about climate change, water safety, education, poverty, clean energy, and endangered species.
Believe it or not, we may be an endangered species due to our own greed, hatred and aggression, and delusion.
As Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says,
So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us. And we have to accept that the worst can happen; that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.
–Thich Nhat Hanh
What the world need now is unconditional love, generosity and the wisdom to work together to make life on earth survive.
What are you doing now to promote loving kindness, compassion, joy, and inclusiveness?