Caring Practice

prayer-flags-torn-stripCaring for the earth and all beings, human and non-human, is caring for ourselves. In this stream, we explore the various forms of practice that embody that care:

  • Earth Meditations
    Practices for individuals to undertake on their own or in sangha to cultivate connections to the earth, our larger body.
  • Living Green
    Inspiration, strategies and resources for reducing our carbon emissions and waste as well as other ways of contributing to a healthy planet.
  • Wise Speech & Action
    Opportunities for speaking and acting with others on how we can respond to the reality of climate change with wisdom and compassion.


From Disruption’s Front Line, Mark Øvland’s Courtroom Statement

What will it take to change a society’s confused stories that have been building over millennia? The embodied practice of a few protesters at the heart of Extinction Rebellion UK positions non-violent civil disobedience as disruptive response to business-as-usual.

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“We Deserve a Future”

#CompassionTakesAction. On Friday, September 20, youth around the world are explicitly calling for adults to join them in Climate Strike. Buddhists and people of faith are organizing to do just that. Join Us. On Friday, September 20, youth around the world are explicitly calling for adults to join them in Climate Strike. Buddhists and people of faith are organizing to do just that. Join Us.

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Loving the Earth by Loving One Another

Kaira Jewel gives us a lens on the healing that is possible when we see our practice as deeply relational, whether interpersonal, with one another or regarding the rest of nature.

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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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The Personal and the Political: Rise for Climate Action

Grounded in compassion and right understanding, we come together once again to insist on bold, clear, and pervasive structural change. We invite you to take your place in this moment by organizing or joining Rise for Climate Action events in San Francisco and around the world.

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Launching a New Campaign: Living the Change

Communities of meaning are stepping up to live the change we need. Join us and in a multi-faith initiative for living in sustainable relationship with and for the web of life.

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Confronting Whiteness and Privilege in Eco-Dharma

Eco-Dharma…must confront whiteness and privilege in order to “create earnest inter-dependent communities that understand that different people have different privilege and abilities,” and seek to act on that understanding.

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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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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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Love Letter to New Activists

Following the People’s Climate Mobilization, we might ask “was that effective?” or “what next?” In her warm and wise letter to new activists, long-time engaged environmentalist, Sarah Vekasi, addresses the importance of a mindful approach to becoming and staying engaged.

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Green Vesak: Ebullience and Emergence

On the annual occasion of Vesak, Amelia Willaims uses poetry to explore our relationship with nature and our own Buddha nature.

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Mobilizing on Behalf of Life

As Buddhists we are committed to the “timeless values of compassion, peace and wisdom.” Ven. Bikkhu Bhodhi calls on us to mobilize in “inspired action to protect the climate.”

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Let’s Stand Up Together

Can Buddhist leaders and teachers advocate for social and climate justice yet steer clear of political affiliation? Bikkhu Bodhi encourages bold but non-partisan engagement, envisioning a pan-Buddhist alliance to protect of all vulnerable beings.

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Mindfulness in Action at the People’s Climate Mobilization

Let’s gather a strong, mindful presence this April for the People’s Climate Movement. Save the dates of April 2 and 29 and then start organizing your communities for this opportunity to stand for all children of all species.

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Autonomism and the Women’s March

“What the Women’s March has achieved …. is the fundamental cultural shift from power over to power with …. from from competition to compassion.” Dharma scholar Shaun Bartone reflects on our common cause for the dignity and liberation and all beings.

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Confirming our Interdependent Destiny

Join One Earth Sangha and the mindfulness community in walking together at the Women’s March in Washington DC and in sister marches around the world.

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Supporting Mindful Presence at Standing Rock

Join us in supporting a mindfulness/Buddhist contingent to be present, to bear witness, to be counted, to be in direct solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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Practices for Challenging Times

Amidst the still-shaking landscape after the US Presidential election, we might be searching for elusive solid ground. How might we cultivate a true steadiness without running the risk of indifference to suffering?

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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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Affirming the Sacred Together

Faith traditions the world over gathered on June 12 to inspire protection of sacred Earth. The live webinar we offered on that day featuring Jayna Geiber from the Order of Interbeing is available here.

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Join us in Affirming the Sacred Together

Faith traditions the world over are generating events on June 12 to inspire protection of sacred Earth. Join fellow mindfulness practitioners at noon US Eastern for a live webinar featuring Jayna Geiber from the Order of Interbeing.

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Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust

Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith observes, “it is our sacred duty to protect the vulnerable, to provide for the future of our children, to show compassion to the earth. Today, we accept this responsibility.”

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Verses for Environmental Practice

In a pure blessing of practice, contemplation and science, the late Zen teacher Robert Aitken offers these daily practices to inform a deeply grounded being. Happy Earth Day.

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Convergence for Climate Justice in New Orleans

Emerging leaders in climate justice have an opportunity to come together with other faith traditions for a unique training opportunity. Who in your community is ready for this challenge?

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A Global Hour of Practice

On Saturday, 19 March 2016 at 8:30 p.m., a rolling hour of renunciation will encircle the world. How will you practice this Earth Hour?

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Earth Holder Retreat: For a Future to Be Possible

Join the Thích Nhất Hạnh community at Deer Park in Southern California for this special retreat to grow in our energy and skillful means as we engage the great perils of our time.

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Update on Climate Mobilization

In the wake of the violence in Paris, the focus of mobilization is shifting to solidarity events and practices around the world. Lou Leonard offers here an update on those events and the ways you and your community can get involved.

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Global Climate Prayer

In accordance with the global climate talks in Paris, join Buddhists around the world in practices to develop awareness of interdependence with all beings and reduce our carbon emissions.

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From the Roof of the World

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has issued a call for global action on climate “for the health and sustainability of the entire world.”

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