Earth Dharma

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In Buddhist philosophy, “Dharma” refers to “the way things are,” the laws of nature and  also refers to the collection of Buddhist teachings.  Our “Earth Dharma” collection will offer Buddhist teachings on our fundamental relationship to the earth and each other, the Dharma of  climate change and new ways to tell our own, collective story.

We begin with the fundamental principle of unbiased loving-kindness, described here in the Metta Sutta:

May all beings be at ease. Whatever living beings there may be,
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, the great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,those living near and far away, those born to-be-born–
May all beings be at ease! Let none deceive another, 0r despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world. 



The Great Adaptation

How historic is this current moment of disruption? Will we forever talk about life BCV and ACV—before corona virus and after corona virus? And what does it teach us about climate change?

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Befriending Eco-Anxiety (Part Two: Practices)

Kaira Jewel Lingo offers a set of practices to help us cultivate individual calm and support community connection, and encourages us not to give up on our collective capacity to effect social change.

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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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Catholic-Buddhist Dialogue on Climate Change

In observance of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, the Parliament of World Religions hosted a conversation featuring Buddhist and Catholic scholars exploring critical questions about spirituality, suffering, and what it means to be human in the age of climate crisis.

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This Earth Day: Our Breath, Our Life, Our World

On the occasion of Earth Day, we offer this reminder to keep our practice simple. Loving-presence has the power to transform our relationship to even the most difficult conditions

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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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The Spiritual Ecology of Tibetan Nomads: A Photo Essay

Through Diane Barker’s eyes, we get a view of Tibet’s indigenous “people of the solitudes” even as their sacred land undergoes rapid change.

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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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Book Review: Green Buddhism

Stephanie Kaza’s new book combines years of eloquent reflection on the development of ecodharma thought and practice with new ideas for how it can help us in the current climate crisis.

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A Task for Mindfulness: Facing Climate Change (Part Two)

The mind faced with difficulty often makes matters worse. In the conclusion of our two-part series, Bhikkhu Anālayo clarifies the role of mindfulness in managing our own potential for harm as we endeavor to respond to the cries of the world. 

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A Task For Mindfulness: Facing Climate Change (Part One)

Skillfully blending compassion and dispassion, Bhikkhu Anālayo explores early Buddhist texts to discover the fundamental role for mindfulness in meeting even the suffering of global climate crisis in this first of a two-part series.

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On Planetary Hospice and “Too Late”

Some would say that believing the science means admitting that it’s too late, that the only reasonable response is to participate in “planetary hospice.” This zen priest and climate scientist suggests otherwise.

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Growing the Ecological Sangha

Amid growing ecological crises, what was once the province of mystics may be to some degree required for remaining whole, connected and consistently helpful. Here at the end of 2019, we invite you to support the work of One Earth Sangha.

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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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Vital Sangha

As climate crisis manifests ever more obviously all around and even within our lives, we offer Danna Faulds’ invitation to remember our dedication to the truth and vital support we can offer one another.

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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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Love, the Ultimate Touchstone

Climate science predicts that as temperatures rise, atmospheric stability falters. So with our politics and even sense of person steadiness. Thanissara, invites us to discover the touchstone that can see us through.

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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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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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Extending Our EcoSattva Roots

For many of us in 2018, to track the state of equity, justice, and ecological health has been to feel a trembling resonance with collective suffering. We share here our reflections on 2018 and our ideas for EcoSattva practice in 2019 and beyond.

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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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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

In 2017, Lama Willa Miller offered a set of five practices to ground us and strengthen our resolve in the face of the daunting reality of ecological crises. They remain fresh and relevant at the dawn of a new year filled with uncertainty—and possibility.

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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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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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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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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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