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Shastri Carolyn Krusinski offers Earth Day aspiration with Bill McKibben

Last week, Boston University hosted an Earth Week service at Marsh Chapel, with environmentalist Bill McKibben giving the sermon. Shastri Carolyn Krusinski joined five other leaders from various spiritual and faith traditions around the city of Boston in offering an aspiration for our wounded planet.

Shastri Krusinski shared that “2500 years ago Buddha sat down and realized what it meant to be fully human endowed with Basic Goodness. He made the gesture to touch the Earth as his witness.” She went on to say, “Now it is time for all human beings to contemplate together as one global society, who are we as humanity and how can we live in harmony with the earth and protect it.”

Closing the aspiration, Carolyn invoked the Sakyong’s key phrase from his 2011 Shambhala Day address: “May the great society of humanity find the goodness, wisdom, and bravery to act to restore harmony with the Earth. May we be All-Victorious and make the impossible possible!”

Mr. McKibben, who is well known for his tireless work in service of the environment, said in his sermon that it is vital for spiritual traditions of the world not to stand on the sidelines but be active players in the environmental movement. He likened this work to a more “conservative” approach while deeming those whose work, behavior or activity negatively affects the environment in extreme ways “radical.”

More information on Bill McKibben can be found at www.billmckibben.com or the website for the non-profit he founded, www.350.org.

From: Wake up Boston!

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