SarathW wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:47 am
SteRo wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:42 am
If not compatible with Vinaya they shouldn't. If compatible with vinaya why not?
I understand your point.
But if I go to a temple and the monk start preaching me the climate change I will be very disappointed.
.. prominent monks talk about climate change the average man may think that Buddhism is all about climate change.
Nobody can stop climate change. These are Utu Niymamas.
This is what Buddha called Samsara.
There is only one way to end Samsara. That is to attain Nibbana.
We caused climate change why can't we stop or revert it again?
Maybe you missed something Sarath.
May you consider:
Is having an earth where you can be born and practice a factor of the 8fold noble path? - NO
Is having conducive environment a factor of the 8fold noble path? -NO
Is good health a factor of the 8fold noble path? -NO
Has good health, the earth and a conducive environment anything to do with sila samadhi panna or the vinaya? - NO!
Did the Buddha need an earth to be born in and practice? - YES Did the Buddha seek out and became enlightened in an conducive environment? - YES
Did the Buddha require good health to achieve Nibbana? - YES
Did the humans destroy and exploit their environment as much as we do at the time of the Buddha?? - NO !!
Did the Buddha talk about the necessity and support of being born, having a conducive environment, having good health to reach enlightenment? - YES
No planet, no conducive environment, no good health, how can you become enlightened? How can you even post here anything without that?
So out of compassion for future generations (don't you also care future generations? Do you care only yourself?) some people choose to do what they can do to stop the trend of destroying the very basic foundation to be able to practice for enlightenment - the planet and so life itself!
So how is this not connected with reaching enlightenment?
You do not need to be very smart to see the bad impact of humans on the planet, you also do not need to believe in climate change to see the changes in Sri Lanka! Even uneducated farmers will tell you that, at least that's what they told me! Everybody can witness the change of climate unless of course you choose to be ignorant or you are incredibly ignorant.
There can't be enough people talking about this problem right now, otherwise the politicians do nothing to pressure the big cooperations to stop exploiting and destroying the planet. I think it is praiseworthy and brave (because they have to endure people like you criticising them) that also a few teaching monks who have an audience have the compassion to sacrifice some of their time and energy to use their voice to animate the people to be more considerate of their very life foundation, the planet, the basic foundation for enlightenment!
Example of too many many many
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... port-finds