Resources on EcoDharma and Climate

We offer here ideas and resources for going deeper. Explore the intersection of Dharma and ecology through a wealth of wisdom and practices offered by teachers and sangha leaders. Then tell us what we’ve missed!

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OVERVIEW OF ECOLOGICAL CRISES
BUDDHIST ORGANIZATIONS ATTENDING TO ECOLOGICAL CRISES
INTERFAITH ORGANIZATIONS ATTENDING TO ECOLOGICAL CRISES
BOOKS ON DHARMA AND ECOLOGICAL CRISES

Overview of Ecological Crises

A Primer on the Climate Crisis
Our own primer on the climate crisis by One Earth Sangha’s co-founder, Lou Leonard, and friend of One Earth Sangha, Kritee.

Climate Science from Yale Climate Connections
An overview as well as recent updates on the science of climate breakdown.

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Buddhist Organizations Attending to Ecological Crises

Association of Buddhists for the Environment
Monks from all 23 provinces in Cambodia working to protect the environment in Cambodia.

Buddhist Climate Action Network
BCAN draws together Buddhists (and friends) from all traditions to take collective action on global, human-caused climate disruption.

Buddhist Global Relief
BGF seeks to raise awareness among Buddhists about the extent of world hunger and to mobilize action that promotes social justice on food-related issues, including climate change, one of the chief threats to the world’s food systems.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship shapes movements for ecological and social justice by sharing spiritual-political practices and resources.

Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE)
DANCE, an online earth sangha started by Gaia House England, is a space for connecting to explore the breadth of possible Dharma responses to climate change and related issues.

Dharma Gaia Trust
Australian organization with a mission to nurture awareness of the complementarity of Buddhism and ecology.

Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change
Buddhist teachers seeking to inspire Buddhists and laypeople alike to engage in solutions to the climate crisis by sharing the wisdom found in the Dharma.

Dharma Voices for the Animals
DVA is committed to speaking out when the actions of those in Dharma communities and the policies of Dharma centers lead to animal suffering.

Earth Sangha
Earth Sangha’s mission is ecological restoration as a form of socially engaged Buddhism, in the Washington DC area and on the island of Hispaniola, along the Dominican Republic/Haiti border.

Earth Holder Community
An initiative to bring the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition to the environmental justice movement.

Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale
Interfaith project exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics to broaden understanding of current environmental concerns and seek comprehensive solutions.

Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective
The mission of GBCCC is to be a network that inspires and empowers the Buddhist community to collectively take action on climate change.

Green Sangha
Green Sangha, based in Oakland, CA, USA, envisions the restoration of a healthy biosphere that supports the infinite creativity and diversity of life; drawing on Joanna Macy’s work and finding inspiration in the lives of nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, and Julia Butterfly Hill.

International Network of Engaged Buddhists
INEB promotes understanding, cooperation, and networking among inter-Buddhist and inter-religious social action groups.

Plot to Save the Earth
A Facebook group that is a global Buddhist Eco-Initiative.

Touch the Earth Forum
Local earth sangha in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Interfaith Organizations Attending to Ecological Crises

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC)
ARRCC is a multi-faith, member-based organization of people from around Australia who are committed to taking action on climate change, bringing together representatives from all the major faith traditions.

GreenFaith
Inspiring, educating and mobilizing people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds globally for environmental action.

Inter-religious Climate and Ecology Network
ICE is a pan-Asia, local-to-local, collaborative network of diverse spiritual communities seeking to share experiences, learning, and wisdom that will build resilience and empowerment in the face of climate change.

Interfaith Environmental Network
People of different faiths in Austin, Texas, USA area come together to claim the common call of environmental stewardship.

Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
Religious and faith-based leaders, groups, and individuals seeking to awaken U.S. leaders to their moral obligation to take urgent action on climate change.

Interfaith Power and Light
The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative brings the commitment, influence and moral authority of religions to efforts to protect the world’s rainforests and the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians.

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Books on Dharma and Ecological Crises

Akuppa. Saving the Earth: A Buddhist View. Windhorse Publications, 2010.

Badiner, Allan Hunt (ed.). Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology. Parallax, 1990.

Coleman, Mark. Awake in the Wild. Inner Oceans Publishing, 2006.

Dunne, John D. and Daniel Goleman (eds.). Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence: The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change. Wisdom Publications, 2018.

Gottlieb, Roger. Morality and the Environmental Crisis. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Gottlieb, Roger (ed.). This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment (rev. ed.). Routledge, 2003. (Large collection of sources from many spiritual traditions.)

Kaza, Stephanie. Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times. Shambhala Publications, 2019.

Kaza, Stephanie. Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking. Redwing, 2008.

Kaza, Stephanie, and Kenneth Kraft (eds.). Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. Shambhala Publications, 1999.

Loori, John Daido. Teachings of the Earth: Zen and the Environment. Shambhala Publications, 1999.

Loori, John Daido. Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds. Harvard University Press, 1998.

Loy, David. Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. Wisdom Publications, 2019.

Macy, Joanna, and Chris Johnstone. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy. New World Library, 2012.

Macy, Joanna. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives and World. New Society, 1998.

Macy, Joanna. World as Lover, World as Self. Parallax Press, 1991.

Murphy, Susan. Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2014.

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Love Letter to the Earth. Parallax Press, 2013.

Nhat Hanh, Thich, The World We Have. Parallax Press, 2008.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The Karmapa. Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society. Wisdom Publications, 2017.

Snyder, Gary. The Practice of the Wild. North Point Press, 1990.

Stanley, John, David R. Loy, and Gyurme Dorje (eds.). A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. Wisdom Publications, 2009.

Thanissara. Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth — The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes. North Atlantic Books, 2015.

Vaughn-Lee, Llewellyn (ed.). Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth. Golden Sufi Center, 2013.

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What’d We Miss?

Did we miss something at the intersection of Buddhism and ecological crisis? Let us know in the comments section below! When sharing ideas, please note that we will not add entries for resources that do not pertain in some way to the Buddhist or interfaith responses to the ecological issues nor will we add references to for-profit businesses.

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