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Forests are burning. Minds are burning with fear and worry. Do we fly or do we stay at home?

Message from a reader of my blog on the Fires in Australia and my teaching schedule in Australia.

Hi Christopher,

This is a heart-breaking post. My heart goes out to the people and wildlife who are suffering in Australia. On the news today there were pictures of the worst flooding for fifty years in Venice and also the flooding in the north of England. We do indeed have to wake up to the new reality and it is up to each one of us to engage in ‘wise action’ in terms of our daily life and habits and I cannot see the justification in flying to the other side of the world to hold a retreat. That now seems to me a luxury the world cannot afford.

Dear Reader,

Thank you for your message.

I do not hold to the view that those who engage in service to others in various parts of the world should stop such service.

Aeroplanes and helicopters provide an important service to tackling the fires in a variety of ways.

Some of us tackle the fires of the mind.

Servants of people, animals and the environment cannot turn our back on others and cut ourselves off.

It is not a luxury the world can afford.



The Summer Day. by Mary Oliver. A Commentary. A much loved poem of Meditators

A friend and meditator in Europe emailed me on the support she received from The Summer Day as she explored her current experiences and priorities.

Mary Oliver is a patron saint of the Sangha of Meditators Continue reading 



The World is not Within You. A Quote from the Buddha

Words of the Buddha can offer inspiration and insight – even if the quote in English from the Pali language may not accurately reflect the original. Continue reading 



What’s Wrong with Capitalism? A Lot. A Hell of a Lot

Are we moving the furniture around on a sinking ship?

The ship is capitalism. There are alternatives to capitalism/socialism/communism – the predominant ideologies of the past centuries.

The new economics (reconomics) generates ethics, values, co-operation, local community, sustainability and international co-operation.

These take priority in political decision making. Continue reading 




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