Philosophy for Sustainability.
The following reflects author's own
understanding of the terms "Mahayana philosophy" and "Bodhisattva"
based on what the author learned mostly from the so-called
"Tibetan" Buddhism as taught by the many "Tibetan" (although not
all of them Tibetan) lamas and teachers that the author had the
good fortune to encounter.
Mahayana is a view that acknowledges the
interconnectedness of all phenomena across all time and all space;
a view that posits that any- and every-one's well-being depends on
the well-being of every other being across all time and all
Mahayana is about eliminating suffering, before suffering even has
a chance to materialize.
A Bodhisattva is one who strives to realize the ideal of Mahayana,
and therefore regards the well-being of all other beings as
important as one's own well-being.
To live ecologically and socially sustainably means to acknowledge
the need of all beings--all beings without an
exception--to live as well as possible here and now.
Thus the need for living ecologically and socially sustainably is
implicit in Mahayana.
Therefore--an aspiring Bodhisattva would help all beings, starting
with all beings that there are here and now (for here and now is
there always), to be mentally and physically optimally
well--with no beings favored, with no beings left behind--and
therefore an aspiring Bodhisattva would promote the way of living
fully ecologically and socially transparently sustainably.
To live "transparently sustainably" is necessary in order that
should ever anything start becoming non-sustainable, it would be
spotted and corrected soon at the start.
"Transparency" in this case could be (for working purposes) defined
thus: the younger a child to understand any supposedly sustainable
ecologically and/or social process would be, the more a chance
there is that such a process would indeed be
The reason that humanity has not become ecologically and socially
sustainable yet, and that there still is no lasting world peace
in evidence, is that we all wish, meditate, and pray for
different things in this regard.
What is needed is to create a unified idea of what living
ecologically and socially, and what a lasting world peace should
actually be like, so that we all aim for the same
More on how to unify all the diverse ideas of
what what ecologically and socially humanity, and what a lasting
world peace should actually be like, please visit "Universal Platform for
Developing Sustainable Earth Vision Cooperatively",
and "Designing a
Lasting World Peace Collectively", where I am trying
to introduce the concept of designing the future of the Earth
Find, or imagine that there is, a space in which all the
differences, controversies, conflicts, and complaints of all beings
that there are here and now would be resolved, without any delay,
by the power of all true Bodhisattvas ever merit by using
appropriate, skillful, and expedient means, and where all the ideas
of what anyone might think that their future should look like would
be reconciled with the ideas of all others, so that conflicts in
real life, bringing about real suffering, would be prevented from
May all differences, all controversies, all conflicts, and all
complaints that there are in the world among all beings be resolved
harmlessly in meditations, by prayers, in models, and/or by using
what-so-ever wholesome, expedient, and effective means!
May humans become ecologically and socially fully and truly
transparently sustainable (and may they stay so forever!) for their
own good, and for the benefit of all those beings who suffer
unnecessarily only because of humans!
May we have good sustainable homes for ourselves, all our children,
all our families, our friends, and our ohana!
Please dedicate your thoughts to the optimal benefit of all beings
of all three times and ten directions of space, starting with the
optimal benefit of all beings here and now on Earth.
Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone - www.ModelEarth.Org .