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The Noble Planet Community E-newsletter

Our newsletter will be published 10-12 times a year, starting this summer. We invite your contributions in the form of photos, videos, articles, essays, poetry, music, stories, and any other resources that inform or inspire. Your suggestions for books, videos, Web sites--or anything for that matter--are welcome and will be considered for inclusion in our resource guides.

We intend to feature interviews with people who are making a difference through their ideas and actions. If your project is getting good results in your community, organization, school, country, or region, we all want to hear about it. What is your mission? What were the obstacles you had to overcome and how did you do it? What made it work? What successes can you point to? What knowledge have you gained that can help others achieve similar success?

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Protecting the Earth

Red lotus

Our precious planet and the innumerable beings who dwell here face an unprecedented crisis. The escalating threat to the world's environment and climate stem from a profound predicament that affects all humanity. We are ever more rapidly losing our connection with the sacred nature of our world. This tragedy affects us in so many ways, but at its heart, it is a crisis of the spirit. We are harming our planet and fellow beings because we are losing touch with the basic goodness of our own sacred being.

This disconnect from our primordial basic goodness is amplified by unparalleled technological and industrial capacity, dramatic population growth, and the vast inequalities we witness everywhere in our world.

Disastrous as this situation is, it is still possible to change course. The earth is calling to us for protection and for a return to basic sanity. We must all heed this call by adopting an approach that returns to a deep respect for our environment, and conserves our threatened resources.

We can take advantage of both traditional methods and innovative technological advances based on living in harmony with the fundamental intelligence of nature. But this global crisis cannot be transformed into a new way of living, if we rely on the same attitudes and habits that brought us to this terrifying brink in the first place. To do that would merely reinforce, despite our good intentions, the degradation and inequality that is already so widespread.

This emergency calls for a complete transformation of how we live -- a transformation of our underlying attitudes, our approach to human society, and our relationship to planet earth and all its inhabitants. My father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the great Tibetan meditation master and founder of Shambhala, foresaw this turning point in human history. His words could not ring truer: "When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world...healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world."

In the Shambhala tradition is it said that it is precisely in dark times like these that the inherent wisdom of the universe makes itself felt. Now is the time to draw on the inspiration of humanity's wisdom traditions. All remind us of the sacred oneness of life, the interdependence of all beings, and the inexorable laws of cause and effect. These teachings could not be more relevant to our collective imperative: the creation of enlightened and sustainable societies.

I am delighted that, within the Buddhist world, there is increasingly deep reflection on how the wisdom of this particular tradition can shine light on this common goal. Now is the time for us to tap the power available to us from our diverse disciplines, cultures, and societies to cultivate the dignity, confidence and fearlessness necessary to protect our earth. By doing so, we can help to reconnect all humanity with its primordial basic goodness, transform our relationship to sacred world and be inspired to sane choices, compassionate leadership and wise activism.

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Halifax
19 April 2009

Copyright Mipham J. Mukpo. All rights reserved.
Used by permission.

 

I'm Just Sayin' . . .

Eamonn Kelly has some serious concerns about your future.
Video © Pegasus Communications, used by permission.


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From the Daily Galaxy

Just to keep things in perspective
Massive New Supernovas Observed -"Could They be the Destroyers of Life in the Universe?"

This will devastate the market for aluminum foil hats. We are selling our collection for less than the price of the aluminum!

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From the Daily Galaxy (also)

Large Hadron Collider Complex Penetrated by Man from Future

I knew this would happen--right out of Dr. Who. Previously more elusive than the Higgs boson, a sense of humor among particle physicists is now being tracked.

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From the Telegraph

Human civilisation 'will collapse' unless greed culture is stopped, report warns

The article draws on the World Watch Institute's 2010 State of the World Report. We can see the train coming but will enough of us be able to step out of the way? And, start a "toy library" for your neighborhood.

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Jeremy Rifkin's New Book
The Empathic Civilization

This book is worth a look. Rifkin questions the bases for older models of human nature, and suggests a new model based on neuroscience research into "mirror neurons"--a biological mechanism that may indicate that empathy guides our choices more than we realize.

A brief reading from a book, a clip from a lecture, sounds of the jungle, and who knows what else.

This first slot will be held for a lengthy period by selections from Thoreau. This is from the start of "Friday," the last chapter of A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers.

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Mark Twain on "life's turning-points"

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A short poem by Shelley

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