Unboxing Our Selves

A journey to an ancient landscape inspires a British ecopsychologist and dharma practitioner to reflect on the contraction of her life during the pandemic and how Buddhist teachings help her stay open.

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EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings on the Precipice

Ecodharma pioneer David Loy identifies the essential dharma teachings that can support practitioners in robust and sustainable collective action.

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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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Seeing Clearly

Instead of click rates and ad buys, what if media outlets were guided by the ethics of “right speech”? Buddhistdoor Global explores the role of media in giving voice to the world.

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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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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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Eco-Chaplaincy – In Service to a Suffering World

“The growing field of eco-chaplaincy reflects the increasing awareness that our care and attention must extend beyond the human.” The directors of a new Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training Program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies aspire to cultivate the chaplains who bring compassionate response to all of nature.

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Whose Lives Matter?

Workers in any industry ought not be forced to choose between physical and financial health. And within the meat-packing industry, what of the brutal cost to animals of returning this sector to “normal”? Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi examines the layers of perverted value in a recent Trump Administration decision.

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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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Vesak and Climate Crisis at the UN

As part of the United Nation’s observance of the International Day of Vesak, Bhikkhu Bodhi’s keynote speech connected the Buddha’s core teachings to the impending climate crisis.

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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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Beyond “Small is Beautiful:” Buddhism and the Economics of Climate Change

If economies have no essential nature, could one path forward into our climate change reality be a kind of softening—to accept the economy as a koan that helps us focus on what is right in front of us right now.

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Steady at the Face of the Inferno

Donald Trump will soon hold significant power in the US and indeed around the world and for many of us, that is truly ominous. But his is only a certain kind of power and, from the perspective of the Dharma, not the most important.

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Stand with Standing Rock

The protectors at Standing Rock are not only challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline project but the fundamental logic of placing private profits over people and planet. Will you stand with Standing Rock?

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A Crisis for Buddhism?

Watch or listen to our online webinar featuring David Loy on the challenge that the contemporary ecological crises present to Buddhism.

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Time to Stand Up

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Dharma teacher and activist Thanissara urges us to move “beyond a personal introversion and quietism” and apply the Buddha’s radical teachings to the catastrophe of climate change and its underlying causes.

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Calling All Eco-Sattvas: Buddhism and Climate Change

Vipassana Dharma Teacher James Baraz, co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and one of the guiding teachers here at One Earth Sangha, invites us to engage in climate action as “joyful responsibility.”

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“Praised Be!” – Affirming Pope Francis’ Message to the World

People of faith around the world are joining with Pope Francis in his message to all people of the world: the time to act swiftly and decisively on climate change is now.

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The Problem of Passivity

The path of liberation is a call to boldness, to purposeful discomfort. In this article, Alex Swain from the EcoDharma Centre explores the temptation to use meditation as escape.

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Metta Practice for Earth and Her Children

Deep in our tradition is the Metta Prayer, the heart-felt wish for well-being. As interfaith traditions come together this Valentine’s Day at noon to pray for the healing of the Earth, Heather Lyn Mann from the Order of Interbeing shares this offering.

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Facing Climate Change with Heart

Supporting our hearts: Sister Jewel from the Order of Interbeing offers this meditation as a way to hold the vast complexities inherent in awakening to climate change.

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Seeing Pattern

What does climate change have to do with Ferguson? We invite you here to look with us at the shared roots, the common patterns and bring compassion to the racially-conditioned mind, even your own.

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Our Awakening Planet

The entire system of life around us is acting on the truth of climate change, even sooner than watchful scientists expected. Now it’s our turn.  

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Sitting in Protest of ‘Gross Negligence’

Joining with other spiritual traditions and artists, the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) organized a protest against “Gross Negligence” on the part of British Petroleum. This is how we can “multiply our courage.”

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Wise Urgency

Fear over climate disruption often spurs denial and ends in panic or mental paralysis. Yet it may equally well give rise to samvega, a sense of urgency leading to wise action. In this essay, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that everything depends on how we metabolize our fear.

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A Jewel of Awakening

Is there a gift of our present ecological crisis? By seeing things as they are, Dharma teacher Chas DiCapua reveals that we have the opportunity to awaken from the nightmare of separation. We can come to embody our deepest nature, compassionate wisdom.

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Are We Willing to Look?

The haunting photography of J. Henry Fair asks us to hold a steady gaze as we view vast landscapes transformed by industry. In this interview with the artist, we explore the paradoxical beauty of his work and what it might awaken in our hearts.

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Facing the Heat: The Suffering that Leads to the End of Suffering

The U.S. Government and media may be breaking the silence on climate change. How is it that we live our lives with only intermittent awareness of the truth of global warming? Is responding as difficult as we might think? Joseph Goldstein, cofounder of Insight Meditation Society, explores the teachings that shed light on these questions.

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The Earth as Witness: International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change

The global sangha of Buddhist and mindfulness teachers and practitioners is invited to join Dharma teachers from around the world in signing this new statement on climate change.

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Attending to Suffering

Why pay attention to climate change? Because it is happening. In this first of a four-part series of posts transcribed from a July 2013 talk “The Dharma of Climate Change,” Dharma teacher Chas DiCapua invites us to attend, as part of our practice, to what is present and causing suffering.

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