With an open heart and clear vision, Jack talks about the difficult subject of climate change, our deep connection to the natural world, and how we can make a difference with love and compassion.
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The Compelling Questions of Climate Change
How do we live with climate change? How do we practice with it? How do we respond to it? Jack explores our deep connection to the natural world. He looks at climate change through the lens of the Four Noble Truths.
“There’s this very deep connection with our inner opening, with our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing and connection to the natural world around us.” – Jack Kornfield
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The Man Who Planted Trees (22:25)
Jack reads from Thich Nhat Hanh. About compassion and how the seeds that are watered frequently grow the strongest. He tells a story about Taoist monks in China who witnessed the destruction of nature, and then learned how to replant the forests tree by tree. There is another way to approach the desolation of the earth.
“Wherever we are in this dilemma of climate change. It is not the end of the story. The seeds that you plant, and the possibility of these seeds, is what will renew the earth.” – Jack Kornfield
Planting the Seeds (44:00)
Jack explores the need to see clearly what is happening with climate change and approach that suffering with an open heart. He talks about how the earth wants to work with us on this issue, but we can’t respond to it with fear or anger, it must be with love.
“The earth wants to renew itself. It doesn’t take that much; a little bit of water, a few seeds planted here and here and here, and then all of sudden something happens. And the earth knows in some way, it’s alive, it’s a part of you.” – Jack Kornfield