At the beginning of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha is seated before a large assembly of his followers. Some are arhats and kings. Others are yoga masters. There are gods and dragons, and animals, ghosts, and beings of hell all there too. This ray of light emerges from the white tuft of hair in the center of his forehead, and through it, everyone there is able to see all these thousands of worlds existing simultaneously to their own. In all of these Buddha fields, there are other Buddhas arising, instructing in the dharma, and then passing away. From their presence, still more Buddhas arise, thousands begin awakening, and this holds true across every species in each of these worlds.Read More
I have found myself wondering what the next stage in hive evolution will be.
More than that, I have realized that the predominant theme of commercial honeybee hive design throughout history has so far been the theft of honey, only recently rivaled by concern for bee welfare. But can this dynamic be completely revolutionized—where bee welfare is the primary design concern, and the collection of bee-related products—on their terms—is only secondary? Is it possible to design a hive in which bees are given the option to provide products like honey or pollen for species other than themselves?Read More
To the ancient Celts, Lughnasadh marks the death of an earth goddess and the beginning of Autumn. With the earliest Earth Overshoot Day ever recorded falling on this day as well, are we also looking at the death of the Earth and the Autumn of the Anthropocene?Read More
Since the early 2000s, the world has been abuzz with concern about honeybees and the hive-devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, between 2006 and 2007, some beekeepers reported unexplained losses of between 30-90% of their hives. We now hypothesize that CCD is a result of the labor and environmental conditions honeybees are made to work in to pollinate our modern agricultural system.Read More
We can build and place all the wild bee hotels we can make (and we should). We can refuse to buy honey on industrial or local scales, whatever preference we have (and we should). But until we change the underlying system of food production, we are not addressing the root causes of colony collapse or loss of pollinator diversity. Industrial pollination–that is, the waiting game for when colony collapse or some other horror will strike a hive, and the destruction of wild bees with it–is demanded for every fruit and vegetable we buy from this scale.Read More
When I close my eyes, I see him staring at me from across the gravel lot where his throat is being slit. We never blink, and on day fourteen without any antidepressants, his spirit tugs at my subconscious in every free thought, every passing shadow and pet. The trigger of his bill shaking open to cry, silenced, echoes absently in the mourning doves’ morning songs precipitating tea leaves undeniably in the form of his last life, a duck.Read More