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. 



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 2

“The sacred feminine” is a convenient term, yet “all distinctions are transcended in our own minds and hearts.” We may draw on the “collaborative energy of the feminine,” to transform our current environmental crisis.

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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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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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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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