Imagining the deep stories underneath the climate crisis and the future of humans
What does Dongshan teach?
The dark way, the bird path, and the open hand.
At the edge of the sea, the rumble and roll of the waters pull on some deep memory of our
first, floating home, when we were diaphanous, barely matter, aeons before the empires of
thought and industry were built upon the land. Wind pours through the coastal forest, joining the boom
of the waves, and the world is a unity of impersonal and completely consoling roar.
(Bodhi Day, 2018)
When the foundation stone for Notre-Dame de Paris was laid in 1163 everyone, architects to stonemasons, knew they’d be working on something they wouldn’t live to see completed, nor would their children or grandchildren. They couldn’t be certain that the engineering would hold, or what the light, filtered through rose windows into a stone glade, would be like. (Earth Day, 2019)