James quotes Bhikkhu Analayo’s analysis of different reactions to the climate issue in terms of the three defilements: greed, hatred, and delusion, and shows how these attitudes can be transformed to a more positive approach.
All society’s actions are preceded by mind states and greed is behind the environmental crisis. Hatred is also evident in recurring small scale wars. So although it may take centuries, the answer to climate change can only be found in a change in societal thinking. There is a global aspect to Theravada practice where the practitioner is working at the forefront of thought change:
“1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.
2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.”—Dhammapada 1
I listened to it. I just wonder if there’s a risk in discussing politics in this way. I understand how it might connect to dhamma. I’m just not sure about the approach. It could be a good approach, just not sure.