Web of Dharma


“Indra’s Net” photo by Raymond Rieser

One Earth Sangha is here to make connections.  One way we do that is to collect and offer the wealth of resources already in place on responding to climate change with our true and best selves, with wisdom and compassion.

If we continue abusing the earth this way, there is no doubt that our civilization will be destroyed. This turnaround takes enlightenment, awakening.
The Buddha attained individual awakening.
Now we need a collective enlightenment to stop this course of destruction.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

Buddhist Response to Climate Change

Can Buddhism Save the Planet?” – Buddhadharma Magazine, 2008
Original Buddhadharma article that lead to the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change and precipitated the publication of the book: A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. While the article itself is an appeal for “an international gathering of Buddhist leaders to address the ecological crisis”, such an international convening has not yet taken place.

The Time to Act is Now: Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change
We invite you to review and sign this Declaration.

A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
A primer for the development of pan-Buddhist policy for a safe-climate future composed of contributions from over 20 Buddhist teachers of all traditions, including Thich Nhat Hanh and the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Accompanying site to A Buddhist Response to Climate Emergency, and online home of the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change.

The effectiveness of corporate misinformation about global warming suggests that our most immediate problem is lack of awareness—which brings us back to Buddhism.
The Buddhist path is about awakening from our delusions.”
– “Can Buddhism Save the Planet?”

Buddhist Environmental Response

Green Sangha
As a grassroots organization, Green Sangha creates opportunities for individuals to come together to meditate, to educate and support one another, and to perform direct environmental action.

Insight Berkeley
The Berkeley Insight Meditation Sangha supports its practitioners in linking mindfulness to engaged action through an online Ecological Dharma focus, collaborations with locally based Green Sangha, and occasional guest speakers. If you would like One Earth Sangha to recognize the environmental focus of your local sangha, please let us know!

Touching the Earth” – Shambala’s working group on the environment
“Touching the Earth” has acted to support the convening of an International Buddhist Conference addressing climate change, as proposed by the 2008 Buddhadharma article, and has requested a Sadhana on the Earth from Shambala’s highest spiritual leader (see “Touching the Earth Documents and Reports”).

There has never been a more important time in history to bring the resources of Buddhism to bear on behalf of all living beings. The four noble truths provide a framework for diagnosing our current situation and formulating appropriate guidelines—because the threats and disasters we face ultimately stem from the human mind, and therefore require profound changes within our minds.”
– “The Time to Act is Now”

Climate Change – Shifting How We Think and Communicate

Bob Doppelt: From Me to We
Through the integration of advanced psychology, ecosystem science, and Buddhist precepts, From Me to We describes the five commitments required to resolve climate disruption, economic collapse, personal distress, and much more.

Bob Doppelt: The Power of Sustainable Thinking
To think sustainably means shifting to what Doppelt calls a “Borrow-Use-Replenish” mind frame. This starts with the understanding that humans only temporarily borrow resources from nature, briefly use them as goods and services, and then must return them to the natural environment through a continuous circular process that is life on Earth.

Susanne Moser: Communicating Climate Change
Susanne Moser has helped to shape the new, interdisciplinary field of climate change communication, which focuses on overcoming obstacles to public understanding of climate change, concern about impacts, and engagement on the various response options. She has several publications posted on her website that illuminate the psychology and sociology of climate change and offer strategies for mitigation, adaptation, and enabling an effective response.

“Global warming is not, at its core, an energy, technology, or policy problem. It is the greatest failure of thought in human history. Only after vast numbers of people alter the way they perceive and respond to the world around them
will solutions to today’s major challenges be found.”
Bob Doppelt

Climate Change – Broad Action

Interfaith Power and Light
As an interfaith organization, IPL is building a powerful coalition of diverse faith traditions in its campaign to respond to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. IPL utilizes the organized structure of faith based communities to educate, transform individual and local community lifestyles, and influence public policy surrounding climate change mitigation and adaptation.

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

iMatter: Kids vs Global Warming
Founded by Alec Loorz at 14 years of age, this non-profit organization is a vehicle for youth (“the generation most effected by climate change”) to take action, including initiating lawsuits against the government for failing to protect the atmosphere for their future.

Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and lack of respect for the Earth’s living things. This lack of respect extends even to the Earth’s human descendants, the future generations who will inherit a vastly degraded planet if world peace does not become a reality and destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate.
—The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Collected Statements on the Environment

3 Comments on “Web of Dharma

  1. Here’s a great website that looks at how we can work with a wide range of people to create more action both in relation to minimising climate change and adapting to its effects. It looks at resource management in general of which climate change is a part but it is really useful stuff. http://learningforsustainability.net/

  2. See http://chronicle.com/article/The-Inevitable-Climate/139423/ for an article by Geoffrey Parker, Professor of History at Ohio State University. He puts climate change in historical context with special attention to the 17th century when mean summer temperatures dropped about two degrees Celsius. Even in this short article he discusses the impact of this change on societies globally, and how one country averted disaster for its citizens.

  3. 350.org has launched their Summer Heat mass action campaign to take on the fossil fuel industry—cities across the country are planning events. Go to http://joinsummerheat.org/ for more info.

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