Climate Dharma

Our situation requires the essence of the mindfulness practice: to see, accept and respond to the way things are with wisdom and compassion. We cannot prevent what is already underway: a warming planet. This is the Dharma of conscientious response.



Green Himalayas and an Eco-Spiritual Future

Buddhistdoor writer Raymond Lam describes a promising initiative that connects inner and outer practices in a region both at the heart of the Buddhadharma and on the front lines of the climate emergency.

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Luxurious Lifestyles Are Killing the Earth

With Manjushri’s sword of wisdom, we need not shy away from the connection between extravagant consumption and the climate crisis. In this article, economics scholar Clair Brown links vast wealth inequality with ecological breakdown in the context of dominant culture’s errant values … and then she offers a better Way.

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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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A Buddhist Perspective on Climate Engineering

Climate engineering is now a serious scientific and political conversation. Ven. Bhikkhu Vivekānanda explores the Dharma foundations that can inform our response to this daunting but increasingly real possibility.

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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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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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Of Endings and Risings

In this intensely personal piece, Thanissara reflects on the events of 2018 and the unprecedented challenges to humanity they represent. She invites us to perceive their deep roots in the domination mindset and how we can, out of sheer necessity, respond with a fierce clarity of heart.

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Five Practices for Working with the Immense Challenge of Climate Change

“The Bodhisattva precepts….extend from the idea that bodhicitta, or wise compassion, is the ground of ethical action and speech. We too can ground our activism, social engagement, and resistance in wise compassion.” Lama Willa Miller offers five practices that can help us face the immense challenge of climate change.

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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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Climate Change is Making us Crazy: Interview with Norman Fischer

Norman Fisher notes that because the challenge of climate change is a matter of “…human beings thinking and behaving in a way that’s guaranteed to compound our problems,” Zen practices have something vital to offer.

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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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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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The Path of the Spiritual Warriorship

What does it mean to follow the path of spiritual warriorship or to be an ecosattva? The leadership council of the Shambhala Community has issued a statement exploring the role of the spiritual warrior that resonates for all Buddhist traditions.

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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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A Living Prayer

“What one is bequeathed through the gift of Standing Rock is a clarified, strong, heart, burning with a light of commitment and hope in the face of incalculable odds.”

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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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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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Buddhism and the Sacred Feminine: An Interview with Thanissara – Part 1

“A direct knowing of our inter-connection initiates us into the sacred feminine.” Thanissara explores how the sacred feminine is linked to the dharma and how, through body-focused practices, it can provide one channel for our earth-caring efforts to affect climate change.

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Being Content to Live With Less

“We need to recognize that what society presents as real is more like a lie and take another way” Earlier this summer, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa spoke frankly on renunciation, contentment and the climate crisis.

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The Buddha and the Sacred Earth

All views are poetic. All understandings of reality, including “Nature,” are interpretive. In this article, Gaia House teacher, Rob Burbea, explores how Western culture’s views of “Nature” contribute to ecological crises and our opportunity to move beyond those limitations.

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Lifting the Moral Voice for Climate Action

We invite you to join and share the call to governments from faith communities around the world for a decisive, wise and compassionate response.

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Contemplative Environmental Practice: Retreat for Academicians and Activists

One of the emerging voices in EcoDharm, Kritee Kanko, wants you to join her this summer in the high dessert for contemplation practice and an exploration of appropriate response.

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Secular Activism and the Sacred: a Common Ground

Kritee (Kanko) and Lou Leonard explore what it means to be climate activist in secular civil society while walking the Buddhist wisdom path

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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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Practicing Appreciation

A historic agreement on climate has been signed. What does it mean for our practice?

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Climate Change as a Moral Call to Social Transformation

In advance of the UN climate negotiations, the renowned Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that climate change demands of us a re-imagining of social systems and a new paradigm of the good life.

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Sacred Activism – Basic Goodness in Action

According to Shambhala tradition “windhorse” is the self-existing energy of basic goodness in action. Acharya Marty Janowitz’s final article in this three-part series explores the practice and benefits of “raising windhorse,” the Path of engagement.

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Freedom, Groundlessness, and Meditation in Action

Marty Janowitz continues his exploration of the Dharma of climate change. He suggests that we cannot substantively work to alter the societal paradigm if we are not simultaneously altering our own internal paradigm.

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Transforming Reality – Climate Activism and Buddhist Practice

Acharya Marty Janowitz from the Shambhala tradition suggests that the ecological crises call for simultaneous practice in inner peace and consistent bravery.

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