This talk explores how our approaches to nutrition can have a negative impact on the environment, using the Bodhisattva Vow and the Four Noble Truths as ways to approach environmental responsibility. Regarding the Four Noble Truths, Dukkha awareness comes from contemplating the environmental and personal suffering that arises as a result of craving and clinging to consumer oriented advertising. Liberation from World Dukkha is realized through mindful and compassionate approaches to nutrition, supported by the principles and practices of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The explanation was followed by discussion among those attending about their observations of environmental and social Dukkha and what they can do as individuals to affect beneficial changes in their limited sphere of influence.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Be A Bodhisattva For The World
Next week’s discussion will explore the Tibetan concept of shenpa, designated by Pema Chodron as “the hook“, and ways to heighten awareness of being “hooked” and not identify with the enchantment that is involved.