Auckland Zen Centre DRAFT Climate Emergency Declaration
A fundamental part of our Zen practice is to know suffering, to let go of reactivity, and to learn to respond from a place of spaciousness and compassion. In our Mahayana tradition, we also have the Bodhisattva precepts to guide us, and a central vow is to cherish all beings and live harmlessly.

Declaring a climate emergency at the Centre is a way of affirming (to each other and to the wider community) that we are committed to this difficult work of facing the current climate crisis, exploring its roots in human greed, fear and denial, and its social and ecological consequences, and then doing what we can to alleviate suffering.

The Draft Declaration:

We, the Sangha of the Auckland Zen Centre, together with its spiritual director Sensei Amala Wrightson and the Auckland Board of Trustees, declare a Climate Emergency.

In doing this, we join hundreds of other Sanghas, faith groups, councils, cities and nations around the world, in order to serve our living planet and all its beings as best we can. By declaring a Climate Emergency, we commit to:
- incorporating climate crisis considerations into the life of our Centre, our decisions, practices, purchases and policies.
- advocating strongly for greater central government and city leadership and action on climate change.
- treasuring and deepening our practice, which enables us to find love, compassion, joy, equanimity, and the courage for action in the midst of uncertainty and change.

This draft arises out of a Sangha meeting held Tuesday evening, 28 May. Your response and suggestions are welcome before the Trust Board meeting on 19 June, when the declaration will be put forward for consideration.

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