When I was in the Cool Grove Charnel Ground on Mount Kailash, the idea was to sit with, to coexist simply with, the toxicity of death, the intensity of grief. It was a very warm experience, needless to say. Not at all terrrifying or even bizarre. It felt like being home, sitting in that giant region of death at 19 000 feet surrounded by yogis, yoginis, corpses, piles of old clothing, gifts that people had left. I was completely out of my mind btw. The small pieces of notepaper I left up there (3" by 5"?) looked like huge sheets of legal paper...
Pema Chödron suggests that tonglen, the Tibetan practice of “sending and taking,” be done at cleanup sites and toxic dumps, providing a kind of karmic air conditioning.
Meanwhile, these guys over at Global Exchange have a good idea:
Meet with friends at a wounded place.“What is a wounded place? It's anyplace that makes your heart ache when you think of what's happened to it. The wounded places that people honored at our first Global Earth Exchange included: a clearcut forest in Oregon... a beach in Florida where the first oil from the BP spill was just coming ashore... a sacred spring in Bali... a Superfund site in Massachusetts... an abandoned pocket of wilderness near the site of the 2012 London Olympics... and even a melting glacier in Antarctica.
Sit a while and tell your stories.
Notice beauty in surprising ways.
Give back an Act of Beauty.
You can participate in an Earth Exchange alone, with a friend, as part of a school or church group, or with members of your community. Anything you do will make a difference! And everything you need is already there... except a camera.”