In the short term Buddhist meditation is an effective way to slow down and examine our of assumptions to avert further catastrophe.
In the long term view, Buddhism can be rather shocking, but its the only real way out of this potentially cataclysmic mess.
That view is elegantly addressed in this week’s teaching, where Venerable Thubten Chodron she says that the real culprit is not a deranged Putin, but rather our own mental afflictions.
This is the heart of the Buddhist enterprise: to examine our own minds at depth and to work fearlessly to uproot the seeds of anger, greed and ignorance which gives rise to the behavior on display by Putin.
That Putin is acting irrationally, digging deeper into a hole from which he is unlikely to ever emerge, is a trigger for the Buddhist contemplative to re-frame the situation as a teachable moment in history.
Putin’s ignorant mind and actions are a “cause for compassion to arise.”
As Ven. Thubten Chodron says in the video linked below: