Monday 06 April 2015 at 22:05Welcome Venerable Bodhi!
OurVoices is proud to announce the Venerable (Ven.) Bhikkhu Bodhi, founder of Buddhist Global Relief, as a new Spiritual Ambassador for climate justice. Bodhi joins the OurVoices network of senior figures from diverse religious and spiritual traditions supporting our work in raising climate awareness and building support for a strong climate agreement this year.
Since his Buddhist ordination over 40 years ago, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi has felt a call-to-action due to the impact of climate change.
A Buddhist monk, scholar, and translator of Buddhist texts from Pali into English, Ven. Bodhi served as appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society for almost 20 years before retiring and has several publications to his credit, including The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya and In the Buddha's Words. As founder and chairperson of Buddhist Global Relief, he works to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition around the world.
As a Buddhist, Ven. Bodhi's role as a climate activist is his response to the "voice of conscience [saying] true compassion must be expressed in socially transformative action."
See Bodhi's official OurVoices' statement and join us in celebrating the welcome of a new climate Spiritual Ambassador:
The climate crisis confronts us with a choice between competing worldviews. Depending on our choice, we can move either toward continued devastation and calamity or toward inner renewal, toward healthier relationships with each other, with the earth, and with the cosmos. Climate change throws the choice into sharper relief, and thus the need to choose wisely grows ever more urgent.Photo via Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn