A fundamental concept in Buddhism is the idea of ‘interrelatedness’, ‘dependent origination’ or ‘interdependent co-arising’, the understanding that everything and everyone is interconnected, and that our perception of separateness is an illusion. The image of Indra’s Net depicts this interconnectedness beautifully, suggesting a web with a sparkling jewel at each intersection. When one strand of the net is pulled the whole net is activated and the jewels refract and reflect each other suggesting that the actions of everyone/thing affect the whole.
Acknowledging our interdependence with others promotes the virtues of compassion, giving, and generosity and the suggestion that when individuals can transform the ‘poisons’ of greed, anger and illusion into compassion, courage and wisdom our lives become contributive rather than reactive.
CfAB is working in partnership with the Eco Dharma Network as part of the Network of Buddhist Organisations, with Faith for the Climate and Religions for Peace UK towards COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November 2021 and beyond, towards the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are based on the ‘Five Ps’ of peace, prosperity, people, planet and partnership. The Eco Dharma Network holds regular webinars. If you are interested, please visit [link]
GreenFaith suggests that ‘.. the heart of sustainability is a shift in values that reveals a new worldview and a new understanding of progress. In the sustainability vision, the natural environment is protected and nurtured as the foundation of all economic activity, while human well-being and equality are central to economic design.’
CfAB is collaborating in the following areas with other faith communities:
• Creating narratives from Buddhist perspectives
• Training in and providing training for religious leaders to be advocates
• Building a collaborative roadmap
This is part of a values-based exploration of Global citizenship
Mapting App developed by young people of SGI
Buddhist Toolkit for Climate Action
The Time is Now