Becoming Porous: Buddhism and Activism

Spend long enough staring into this problem and we all come to the same thought: we’ve been looking at everything the wrong way. Things we never questioned growing up turn out to be not just wrong but wrong in layers.

With so little time left, how could we pause for reflection at all. And without changing massively, how could we not. Sounds like a koan.

I spent an evening in the company of Alex Litherland and Kate Martin, two buddhists who found their their path converging with ours.

Later, when I sat down to edit the sound file I saw frequent spikes in one channel. That’s Kate bursting into laughter.


  1. A lot of fascinating insights there, from a Buddhist perspective. Interesting to consider how others in various ‘great religions’ are dealing with this. The Pope of course, has strong views, as per the Encyclical. Some of my staunch non-Catholic Christian friends see the climate debacle in terms of Revelations. Some consider it Nature’s way of punishing humans, still firmly in denial that the climatic changes are of our own making. In any case, yes, it’s time to pick up the pace!

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