UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared the Sixth Assessment Report—a collaboration of 234 scientists from 66 countries published by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)—to be "Nothing less than a Red Alert for humanity." In a further IPCC report from April 2022, Guterres states, "It's now or never!" What does this context mean for us as Dharma practitioners?
With the very material means by which we live threatening the conditions for large scale survival, we are at an unprecedented edge of environmental, economic, social, and political tipping points. However, the Buddha offers many precedents for direct engagement with broader social issues. The Dharma provides a storehouse of remedies, including inner practices to sustain wellbeing, compassion, and equanimity, while the Sangha is a powerful community resource. Inspired by the Buddha's call to "go forth for the welfare of all," we will engage in a conversation exploring dharma practice and especially "Right Action" for these times.