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Karma & climate change

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Sep 17, 2009
Tags: climate change news, vermont

Several folks on the NativeEnergy team are still feeling the “sama” (calmness of mind) from this past Saturday’s Buddhist gathering in our open office area. Thirteen meditation practitioners from different Buddhist traditions in the greater Burlington area joined with George Hoguet, NativeEnergy’s director of business development, to discover what the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and 20 of the world’s other greatest Buddhist teachers are saying to their followers about climate change. 

The focus of the September 12 event – A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency – featured a challenging 40-minute updated slide show from The Climate Project (recent climate news is scary!). The gathering began with an opening chant and two guided-meditation practices, and included a Dharma (reading) discussion afterwards. Combining the presentation with traditional Buddhist practices helped to ground attendees and prepare them to think about global warming solutions within reach in their own lives. Photos on the office walls of all the renewable energy projects supported by NativeEnergy and our customers were also encouraging.

The two most hopeful and promising “solutions” presented during the session were the emissions-reducing technology possibilities within the American Clean Energy and Security Act legislation, and the leadership of the Buddhist teachings themselves, which guide us, in Thich Nhat Hanh’s words, to “live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and grandchildren.” More information can be found at www.ecobuddhism.org.

George meditates with two of the local sanghas (communities) and is a member of The Climate Project - the 2,600 volunteers throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, India, Spain, and the UK who have been personally trained by former Vice President Al Gore to present a version of the slide show featured in the Academy-Award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth.

NativeEnergy is pleased to have provided its headquarters for this event and welcomes all perspectives on responses to the climate emergency. NativeEnergy does not espouse any particular faith or religion, and is an equal opportunity employer.

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