Museum of World Religions Addresses Climate Crisis Master Hsin Tao Advocates Spiritual Ecology

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The panel “Examining the Deep Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Toward a Spiritual Ecology” organized by the Museum of World Religions today (Nov 4) at the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, addressed the issue of climate change, one of the main tracks of the conference. Dharma Master Hsin Tao, founding abbot of the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society and founder of the Museum of World Religions, who made the opening statement for the forum, together with the other panel speakers, advocated for confronting the problem of extreme weather and other environmental crisis from the perspective of Spiritual Ecology.

In his opening statement, Master Hsin Tao identified the deep roots of the ecological crisis as the five defilements: greed, anger, ignorance, pride, and doubt. Appealing to the concept of Spiritual Ecology, he said that only through repentance and spiritual awakening could the energy of all beings be synergized. Pointing to greed as the main factor for the downfall of ancient civilizations, he advocated for uprooting negativity and greed by drawing upon the spiritual and ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples to shape our principles and attitudes to life, and for promoting an educational platform for spiritual training and healing the earth. To that end, he is currently working towards establishing a University for Life and Peace in Myanmar to anticipate problems and to apply technological advances to save the planet.

Master Hsin Tao exhorted all to respond to a global ethic, and to carry out the task of loving the earth based on principles of diversity, interdependence, as well as mutually beneficial co-existence, making it everybody’s duty to sustain the wellbeing of the earth.

The panel drew scholars and experts interested in the topics of climate change, the environment, indigenous peoples, and spiritual education. Many of the audience members could be seen listening closely and taking notes during the talks. To accommodate the more than ten participants who put their hands up to ask questions, moderator Michael von Brück was obliged to have the questioners form a line and raise their questions.

Stretching past its allotted 90 minutes, the panel ended in a flurry of post-session discussion photo-taking permeated with a sense of inspiration and knowledge gained, with many audience members lingering to interact with other participants.

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When it was established in November 2001, the MWR became the world’s first museum dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding of the world’s major religions. Inspired by the ideals of “respect, tolerance, and universal love,”

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