Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Proposal to Use Broadband Internet to Meet with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Instead of Air Travel
Problem: Air travel is costly, financially and environmentally
Current and prospective members of the sangha cannot—or will not—travel by air to attend retreats where they could meet Rinpoche and benefit from speaking with him in person. Many members cannot afford expensive air travel, staying at a hotel, and other expenses related to long distance travel. Others choose not to travel by air because it produces excessive carbon emissions, which increases global warming.
When sangha members are repeatedly left out of personal meetings with Rinpoche, it creates two classes of members and students, those who are rich enough to fly to retreats to benefit from Rinpoche’s presence, and those who never have that kind of access. If ‘sangha retreats’ are only attended by the wealthy, the question becomes then, “who is the Sangha?”
Solution: Use Broadband Internet to arrange for Rinpoche to meet live-in-person with members of the Sangha who do not travel by air to retreats.
In addition to enacting this proposal, I am requesting that Nalandabodhi undertake a carbon emissions footprint study to evaluate the impact of the sangha’s activities on global warming and take steps to reduce impacts its impacts on the environment.