On Indigenous People’s Day, Sunday, a group of students from Tufts with their Prof. Sharon Kivenko ( at right) next to my husband, David, in his vest, plus a bunch of friends and family marched in the Honk! parade. As a symbol of the melting and dying Earth the students chose a melting ice cream cone, which you can see sort of. Oddly, the beach ball that was meant to represent the earth collapsed by the end of the parade, due to contact with wires and tree branches. I hope that’s not a symbolic prediction for our future. Most of the Honk! groups yesterday were pro climate action including Extinction Rebellion genocide at the foundation of our country. We all need to reverse the forces that lead to ecocide. Perhaps if we’d respected the Indigenous civilizations who were in the Americas at the time of European conquest we’d be doing better, since indigenous ideas about living in harmony with Nature were much better than European ones.
http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=likTDNXjwrwThe Bermuda Petrel, or Cahow –another bird named for the sound it makes — had a record breeding season this year!! Such wonderful news from the London Review of Books. Long article there reminded us that a 17thC shipwreck in Bermuda was the model for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Disaster for the birds, though — they were not afraid of people, so, like dodoes, they’d gather arond humans’ feet and get clubbed to death and eaten. They were believed extinct, until a few were discovered on a remote island and given support by one, then a growing number of well informed and careful people. The URL above shows the gentle activity of a parent bird taking care of a baby. I can’t embed video but it’s worth a watch.
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken– Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
There have been so many scandals and betrayals and abuses of power in Buddhist traditions lately, since I teach, I feel it’s important to state my teacher ethics code publicly:
When I teach, and at other times, I will practice:
Not to harm myself or others
Not misuse resources; extort anyone; to be generous materially, energetically and with heart and vision
I will not exploit students sexually and hold appropriate boundaries
Speak, counsel, and teach humbly; speak from experience; listen, receive feedback
Work with any addictive patterns that I discern or are pointed out to me.
I will take care of myself even as I take care of others.
If any student feels concern about my ethical practices, and you don’t feel like talking to me about it, I’m a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council and you can bring it to Ethics and Reconciliation Council (EAR@spiritrock.org).