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Buddhist Monks Teach “Children of Flowers”

In the midst of rapid economic development, industrialization has created an unprecedented amount of pollution. Nowhere is this more evident than in China. However, the good news is that there has been increasing interest in sustainability and environmental action in China lately. Although images of Chinese people wearing masks for protection from smog are common, […]

December 17th

Thailand Spiritual Activist Faces Royal Insult Charge

Prominent social, environmental, and spiritual activist Sulak Sivaraksa has been accused of ‘insulting’ a past king of Thailand. In late October, two retired army officers filed a complaint against Sulak, 82, over remarks he made at a seminar on Oct. 12 that included comments about King Naresuan, a national hero who died in 1605. Thailand […]

November 17th

Buddhist Leader Marches India for the Environment

In India, political and religious leaders continue to raise awareness for the environment. Last week, the Gyalwang Drukpa, the 12th spiritual head of the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism, started his seventh “Eco Padvatra” walk from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi to create awareness among people about keeping their surroundings clean. The walk not only […]

November 12th

Celebrating Trees From Roots to Leaves

The changing colors of leaves on the trees signal the arrival, once again, of autumn. Both the cycle of life and the continuum of nature are stunningly displayed at this beautiful time of year. When leaves turn brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange, they create vivid landscapes, lighting up the scenery. The U.S. New […]

November 5th

China Promotes Buddhism to Protect the Environment

When I think of China, I don’t immediately think of environmental protection. Instead, I think of cities choked with severe air pollution, a medicinal culture that prizes the bones and meat of endangered animals, clashes between Chinese miners and Tibetan monks over land, and the country’s growing consumerism. While China is one of the fastest […]

October 28th

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

Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh on the Environment

From the Pope to the Dalai Lama, there are many faith leaders around the world that spread hope, offer wisdom, and are a source of inspiration. One of them is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, and prominent peace activist. Residing in Plum Village in the South of France, he is a prolific author, […]

August 19th