Writings

Here you can find various articles by Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akaliko. These are reflections on different aspects of facing up to the climate crisis as it unfolds. Posts with the title “Harbingers” form a loosely-themed series by Bhante Sujato, which includes analytic articles as well as personal reflections and short stories.

Harbingers—The Marsh’s Edge
Even after all things are lost, it is in the small moments that redemption may be found.
Harbingers—The Other Chris
A man survives the end of the world alone, only to finally meet a friend. It is a short story about how views shape the world.
The serpent Gurrangatch and the hunter Mirragan
This essay was presented by Bhante Sujato at a plenary session of the Sakyadhita 2019 conference in Leura, NSW. Global warming is an unprecedented threat to the survival of our civilization and culture, indeed our very lives. The aboriginal myth of Gurrangatch and Mirragan tells of a time when the land of the Blue Mountains was shaped in the struggle for life, a struggle marked by both passion and restraint. While the future has never been more uncertain, our wisdom traditions offer us ways of talking about and responding to change as conscious individuals able to reflect on and choose our own responses.
Harbingers—A Fireside Chat
This short story was inspired by the resilience and wisdom I saw in women of a certain generation. “Sharon” is a prototypical Aussie woman’s name; “Leslie” is one of the strongest women I know; and “Katy” is named after a leading character in a story by Joanna Russ, the first line of which somehow stuck with me for four decades.
Harbingers—The Right Thing to Do
Hope is an inadequate virtue for the times in which we live. The real question we must ask ourselves is this—regardless of how things turn out, what kind of person do we want to be?
Harbingers—How to read about the end of the world
Media accounts of the climate crisis aim to present a balanced perspective—the crisis is urgent, but we still have hope. When examined closely, however, the crisis is described in terms of facts, while the hopes are described in terms of wishes and fantasies.
THE END IS NIGH!!!
While we might not think of Buddhism as an apocalyptic religion, there are a number of Suttas that speak of massive global climate breakdown. Now we see the future the Buddha prophesied becoming our present.
Harbingers—Gods & Monsters
A very short story about a very big story—how the world ended, and how we, who ended the world, will be seen by our children.
A Buddhist Guide to “Surviving” the Apocalypse
Practical advice from the Suttas on how to deal with a crisis as vast as the global climate elergency.
The End of the World as We Know It
A video to bring the climate crisis back home.
Interview with Bhante Sujato
Discussing the Monastery at the End of the World as well as, well, the actual end of the world.
Harbingers—as the oceans heat up
While we dally and debate, the world is heating at an incredible rate. Most of the heat is absorbed by the oceans where we cannot directly feel it, but that does not make it any less dangerous.