Wise Speech and Action

Opportunities for speaking and acting on how we can respond to the reality of climate change with wisdom and compassion



Small Relief in Ongoing Crises

Buddhists from around the world have been coming together in an effort to provide aid to those battling COVID-19 on the front lines, including indigenous communities in the American Southwest.

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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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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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I Vow to Get Out the Vote

More than 100 Buddhist leaders are calling on our community in the US to step into the fray of US electoral politics by getting out the vote. Messy, incomplete and uncertain though it may be, we wholeheartedly agree.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The EcoSattva Training – A Collaborative Enterprise

The EcoSattva Training has come into being in response to and collaboration with your our Sangha. We are sharing here the structure that has emerged from your reflection and feedback. This is your training so let us know what you think of our plan.

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Time to Stand Up: New Sangha Events Directory

If there was a moment to get involved, this is it. Taking a cue from Vipassana teacher and activist Thanissara’s new book, we are announcing a new capability to join or add events that develop and demonstrate our interdependence with all of life!

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Light for Lima

“Make of yourself a light,” the Buddha advised. On Sunday evening December 7th, spiritual traditions of all kinds will join together in a global candlelight vigil to support a strong outcome at the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru. Can you add your light?

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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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Inspiration from the People’s Climate March

Sights and sounds from the global People’s Climate March on Sunday, 21 September, 2014

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A Call to Restore the Sacred Balance

Members of One Earth Sangha joined events in New York City and around the world for the People’s Climate March. Buddhist teacher and climate activist, Thanissara, gives her first hand account of this moment of global compassion in action.

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