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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

Buddhists in Bhutan Offer a Lesson in Sustainability

Bhutan may be tiny, but it’s doing remarkably big things for the environment. Located in the Himalayas between India and China, the tiny Buddhist kingdom is generating loads of hydropower, protecting large swaths of forest, and safeguarding its species and its people. And now, the country is set to become a world leader in the use […]

September 14th

What Does Mes Aynak Mean for Afghanistan?

On the surface, Afghanistan is a poor, war-torn country struggling to distance itself from its terrorist camps, extremist groups, and poppy fields. But there’s more to the country than meets the eye. Afghanistan has a rich and diverse history, abundant natural resources, and a strong desire to create a better future. The past, present, and future […]

August 31st

For Buddha and Krishna, Indians Are Saving Trees

Siliguri, a city located on the Himalayan foothills in northern India, was once celebrated for the dense forests of Baikunthapur that surrounded it. When the Raikat family ruled the area, they chose Siliguri as their capital between 1523 and 1771 because its impenetrable forests offered protection. And Siliguri houses the biggest Krishna Center in the […]

July 16th

Nepal Earthquake Disaster Avoidable, Says Buddhist Leader

Family stands besides house demolished in 2015 Nepal earthquake (Photo on Flickr) “It’s an earthquake. Run!” This was the panicked realization of Education Officer at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Rachel Hay, who was travelling in Nepal when the devastating 7.8 earthquake and aftershocks hit the country April 25, 2015. Most first hand accounts of the […]

June 10th

Buddhists Visit the White House and Make History

Last week, a melting pot of various Buddhist lineages and nationalties assembled in Washington, DC to visit the White House and discuss climate change. The event, called “Voices in the Square — Action in the World,” is widely being hailed as historic. This isn’t the first time that religious groups have come together to discuss social issues. And individual […]

May 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

Is the Smog Lifting in China?

When I woke up one spring day in 2009 in Xi’an (Shannxi Province), I could barely breathe. The hostel I was staying at was in a flurry as masks were handed out to all the guests. We were told that we should cancel our plans to travel to the Qing Tombs because the air was bad. As […]

May 1st