Posted by: Upāsaka | 01/31/2013

The End of the World – No Safety in Samsara

It’s not hard to be depressed about the state of the world today and to contemplate the very real possibility that human civilization as we know it may be on the brink of catastrophic collapse. Even just writing it I am gripped fear and can feel the cold tendrils of panic reaching up from my feet and wrapping themselves around my legs on their inexorable advance to my heart. For as long as I can remember being an individual I have had this fear for our planet and now that I have kids myself it has only intensified. But, what can one person do about a problem that threatens all beings on Earth?

Suffice it to say that, materially, I am pretty much impotent and although that doesn’t take the sting out of it I can at least focus on what can be done. The Dhamma is really the only true refuge and regardless of whether I die of a heart attack or in a riot, die I must and so must all who are born including my son, daughter and wife. Nothing I could ever do will keep them with me forever nor can anything conditioned ever be fixed. If you fix the hole in the ozone there will always be something else to threaten us. There is no safety in samsara and the best patrimony and education I can give to my children is the Dhamma for it too is subject to the eternal law of anicca. Buddham Dhammam Sangham namassami.


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