Buddhism & Science at Maitripa College

Yangsi Rinpoche (center) and Dr. James Blumenthal (top left) were joined by Matteo Pistono (top right) and Dr. David Loy and Dr. Christina Hulbe

Nekorpa was pleased to present our work at Maitripa College in Portland in December. The program was titled, “Buddhism, Science, and the Environment: Is it too late for individuals to make a difference?”

We were asked, “Can our planet sustain a global population that has recently reached 7 billion?  When the environmental crisis feels overwhelming, we may wonder if it is nearly too late? Can individuals still make a difference? And do the teachings of the Buddha, who lived long before carbon emissions, have anything to say about philosophical, ethical, or pragmatic responses to global imbalance.”

Scientist of climate change, Christina Hulbe, philosopher David Loy, businessman Mark Waller, and founder of Nekorpa, Matteo Pistono, spoke about approaching sustainability thresholds and what can be done by whom to avert catastrophe and even possibly create space for healing communities and earth systems. Maitripa President & Professor of Buddhist Studies, Yangsi Rinpoche, furthered the conversation with reflections from the Buddhist tradition that illuminate these issues. The very successful event was moderated by Professor of Buddhist Studies, James Blumenthal.

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