The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked what we need to do to save our world. “What we most need to do,” he replied, “is to hear within us the sound of the earth crying.”
Representing a diverse set of spiritual traditions, Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. The physcical reality of climate change, the biodiversity reality of species loss, the ecological reality of a life systems under seage are not by accident; they are the effects of how we chose to live on this earth. Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that
(These are) the bells of mindfulness,” calling us to be attentive, to wake up and listen. The earth needs our attention. It needs us to help heal its body, damaged by our exploitation, and also its soul, wounded by our desecration, our forgetfulness of its sacred nature. We need to act from a place of real awareness, attentive to the outer and inner need of the earth.
This collection of essays implores us to move through the barriers to this recognition and return, as a matter of spiritual and physical survival, to our natural reverence for life.
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”
— Brooke Medicine Eagle
Welcome to One Earth Sangha. This site has just been born, and is poised for rapid growth. In coordination with Gaia House in the UK and Green Sangha in the Bay Area, we’re currently hosting the Request for Teachings letter to teachers in the Insight Tradition to contemplate the Dharma of and engage sanghas on climate suffering. We will take all the signatures on this request, hopefully thousands from sanghas everywhere, to the upcoming International Vipassana Teachers Meeting at Spirit Rock. If this an important concern to you please sign, share and spread the word!
Beginning this summer, One Earth Sangha will offer much more. We’ll gather, share and cultivate the Dharma perspective on climate change. We’ll give sangha members who care about climate change and other threats to our mother Earth ways to connect and support one another in practicing wise response. And we’ll keep you informed of opportunities to lend an honest and kind perspective, a Buddhist voice, to the larger conversation on protecting all beings from the harm of climate change.
Our mission is to support awakening and responding to climate change and other threats through education, sustainable living and careful advocacy. We explore the teachings of the Buddhist path and how they can inform, support and motivate this work. We recognize the critical role that sangha plays in this work. We need each other. Therefore, we are committed to making connections that bring together a variety of environmental, cultural, racial, socioeconomic, Buddhist lineage and faith voices all to deepen our practice of responding to the call of our home.
Welcome again to One Earth Sangha. Read more about us and check out our burgeoning links page. We encourage you to share comments that tell us who you are and what you would like to explore in this space.