Author: Anne Wayman

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Racism, the Environmental Movement, and Buddhism

As a Buddhist, I believe in inter-connectedness or, as Thich Nhat Hanh says, the  inter-being of all beings. At least intellectually I believe. Like many, I keep stumbling against those areas where my connections to even other people is more theoretical than actual. Of course, that’s why we practice. Recently, I again stumbled into racism. Who am […]

September 24th

How a Climate Change Denier Helped Me Bear Witness

When Bernie Glassman gave a workshop at Sweetwater Zen Center in July, he talked a lot about “bearing witness.” Bearing witness is one of the Three Tenants of the Zen Peacemaker Order — not knowing, bearing witness, and taking action. As I understand the term, it means approaching a situation, person, or idea with no preconceived notions. […]

August 23rd

Engaged Buddhism? What’s That?

Engaged Buddhism is defined by Wikipedia as “… Buddhists who are seeking ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental, and economic suffering and injustice.”  Some would argue that such engagement with the world was not part of the Buddha’s original teachings. This may be technically true. After all, 2,500 years ago the world was a […]

July 25th

Dealing With Trash in a New, Spiritual Way

I came to the decision to live without plastic garbage bags largely because of plastic garbage in the oceans. You can learn a ton about the problem and solutions at 5 Gyres. Yes, there are currently five gyres or areas where large swaths of plastic and other trash circle endlessly in the seven seas. Much of that mess is […]

June 28th

Buddhists Confront Fukushima in “Lotus in the Nuclear Sea”

The negative environmental and health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are well known. But the fallout has caused a spiritual crisis as well. In Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age, Buddhists and others confront their grief and acknowledge the inherent danger of nuclear energy. As a student of […]

June 24th

A Meditation on the Environment

Like many, my worry over the way we humans have and continue to trash the planet seems to grow worse with every headline. Yes, I realize that even writing this essay means I’m increasing my carbon footprint! I’m using my desktop computer and, if it warms up just a bit, I’ll turn on my ceiling […]

June 16th