In Sangha with the Earth

Serei Sakor Daun Sdoeung Pagoda

A community is more than just a collection of people—it encompasses the way we care for each other and our world. In observance of Sangha Day, we highlight a Cambodian monastic community that exemplifies this care.
 

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What Is My Life For?

How should we live amidst vast systems of interlocking harm? Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo invites us to begin by adopting nonviolence as a way of life.

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Guideposts on the EcoSattva Path

Mactaggart Sanctuary, Edmonton, Canada

A pioneer of EcoSangha in Canada provides a fresh look at the vows at the heart of EcoSattva practice and invites us to embrace them.

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A Prayer at a Time of Ecological Crisis

The wandering yogi Chatral Rinpoche composed this pithy and galvanizing prayer in response to the deteriorating conditions for life on Earth.

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An Aspiration to Protect the Earth

In this prayer, Dudjom Rinpoche III calls on inner and outer protectors to help us transmute our destructive habits, which water the roots of our deepening ecological crises, into healing.

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Finding Light in the Darkness

Here at the end of 2020, so fraught with loss, what gifts can we find nestled among the common roots of darkness and light, difficulty and ease, suffering and joy?

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Buddhist Monks, Volunteers Offer Relief in Cambodia

One of Cambodia’s most prominent, socially-engaged Buddhist scholars leads efforts to provide not only spiritual but material relief to victims of flooding and the COVID pandemic.

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The Future We Choose

With the U.S. poised to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, architects Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac describe how a Buddhist perspective still provides hope for its realization.

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Do the Best You Can, But Don’t Expect to Win

A pioneer of engaged Buddhism in Thailand encourages social and political activism while reminding us to cultivate strength regardless of any outcome.

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Islands of Sanity in a Sea of Chaos

One Earth Sangha collaborators Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee reflect on the potential of building small, awakening communities for support and resilience.

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Awakening to the Suffering of Animals

Throughout the pandemic, the slaughterhouse has been a hotbed of virus transmission among its workers. But our compassion can’t stop there. We are called to confront and remedy the horrific treatment of animals raised to feed us.

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No Time to Lose: Listening to Young Voices

Young people are voicing grief about the loss of their world—and organizing to stop it. Kirsten Rudestam, a young dharma teacher herself, asks us to heed their calls.

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Climate, Corona, and Collapse

As racial justice protests swell, compounding the COVID-19 crisis that can already feel overwhelming, the Dharma continues to offer perspectives and practices to help us navigate these samsaric waters.

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No Time to Lose: What Would Healing Look Like?

How do we navigate the intersecting griefs of personal loss and centuries of systemic racial oppression? Belvie Rooks’s journey toward healing shines a powerful light amid the darkness of state violence and ecological destruction.

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The Crab Grass and the Wave

Recent events of racial violence by state actors reveal but one aspect of the tendency towards domination that is latent in our culture. Our work to end ecological devastation then necessarily includes the eradication of the persistent, shape-shifting, and devastating pattern of white supremacy, starting with our own minds.

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Befriending Eco-Anxiety (Part Two: Practices)

Kaira Jewel Lingo offers a set of practices to help us cultivate individual calm and support community connection, and encourages us not to give up on our collective capacity to effect social change.

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Befriending Eco-Anxiety (Part One)

Mental suffering caused by the climate crisis—or the coronavirus pandemic—calls on us to offer kindness and company. In this article, Kaira Jewel Lingo invites us to transmute the otherwise unbearable.

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Use This Time Well

With pervasive uncertainty and heightened fear surrounding COVID-19, Roshi Joan Halifax’s reflections on the occasion of her climate protest offer useful wisdom: “this situation was the perfect time and place to practice.”

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Sit and Help, Help and Sit

The devastation wrought by the wildfires shook one of the fundamental practices of some Australian Buddhists. An Australian Buddhist chaplain answers their question: “How can I meditate when the world literally burns around me?”

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Book Review: Green Buddhism

Stephanie Kaza’s new book combines years of eloquent reflection on the development of ecodharma thought and practice with new ideas for how it can help us in the current climate crisis.

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A Task for Mindfulness: Facing Climate Change (Part Two)

The mind faced with difficulty often makes matters worse. In the conclusion of our two-part series, Bhikkhu Anālayo clarifies the role of mindfulness in managing our own potential for harm as we endeavor to respond to the cries of the world. 

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Moving Mindfulness from “Me” to “We”

What was once the providence of the mystics may be required for our survival. Only by knowing deeply what captures and distorts the mind can we replace our collective structures with that which is genuinely supportive, freeing and “sustainable.” Rod Purser’s article gives us an entry way into this critical exploration.

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The Power of Two Pennies

Like the Boddhisattva with a thousand hands, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s 10 million members are providing relief to victims of climate disasters and other humanitarian crises around the world. Founder Master Cheng Yen clarifies for all involved, compassion is realized only through action.

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Comes the Night: Gifts and Risks of the Winter Dark

One Earth Sangha’s director takes a moment to reflect on the precious unique gifts offered by our particular orientation within the cosmos.

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Earth Care Week and Living the Change

Once again, as part of Earth Care Week, we invite Sangha’s around the world to turn the light of the Dharma towards the ecological crises we all face and the possibility of an empowered, connected and even joyful response.

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Five Practices for Working with the Immense Challenge of Climate Change

In 2017, Lama Willa Miller offered a set of five practices to ground us and strengthen our resolve in the face of the daunting reality of ecological crises. They remain fresh and relevant at the dawn of a new year filled with uncertainty—and possibility.

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A Plea For the Animals

An eco-dharma argument for not eating meat from Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.

In writing about the ecodharma of not eating meat, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says, “The most striking quality that humans and animals have in common is the capacity to experience suffering.”

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Thriving Like Gorse: The Ulex Project

The new Ulex Project is one of three strands of training offered by the EcoDharma Centre — training to thrive in, and bring healing to, damaged terrain.

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When the Tree Stops Bearing Fruit

Buddhism emphasizes that our individual actions affect the world around us, and it follows that caring for the natural world begins with each of us.

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Changing Directions

“On April 29th …I will be marching not only on behalf of people here in the U.S. but on behalf of people all around the world… especially those whose voices will never reach our leaders.” Join Bhikkhu Bodhi and hundreds of ecosattvas at the People’s Climate Mobilization. Here’s why this mobilization is crucial.

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