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Dalai Lama Says Climate Action Is Logical

Yesterday, the Dalai Lama released a video urging world leaders to take strong action at the UN climate talks starting on November 30 in Paris. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is one of growing number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, to call for immediate climate action. While acknowledging humanity’s great accomplishments in the fields […]

October 21st

Buddhist Grows Bamboo Garden on Former Military Land

In Buddhism, the nature of impermanence, not-self, interdependence, and inter-being are constant subjects of contemplation and meditation. Through the eyes of the Buddha, a Buddhist can “inter-be” with the world around them — with the sun, with the rain, and with plants and animals. As famed Buddhist ecologist, Thich Nhat Hanh, describes it, “we are […]

May 7th

A Call For Peace From Buddhist and Muslim Leaders in Yogyakarta Statement

In spite of religious extremism, keeping the peace through respect between neighbors, regardless of religious differences, is a basic principle of all religious faiths. Unfortunately, however, many places around the world are currently experiencing a rise in religious extremism. Conflict and violence, often inflicted under the name of religion, is not always based on religious […]

April 7th

Verses in Buddhism on Humankind and Creation

While there are various classifications of Buddhism, achieving the enlightened state of Buddhahood is the common goal of all Buddhists. In Tibetan Buddhism, for example, the Mahāyāna goal of spiritual development is to achieve the enlightenment of buddhahood in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. Perhaps the best known […]

January 3rd

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

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