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Mount Everest Environmental and Spiritual Clean Up

Mount Everest’s environment is literally trashed. Its pathways to the peak are strewn with oxygen canisters, tents, personal items, food containers, and the bodies of the dead. In an effort to address the problem, Nepal’s tourism authority announced in March 2014 that each climber must bring back 18 pounds of garbage. This is the first […]

May 27th

Dalai Lama Makes History, Celebrates Losar in Minnesota Today

History is being made today. For the first time ever, the Dalai Lama will celebrate the Tibetan New Year, Losar, in the United States. It is also the first time the Dalai Lama will celebrate outside India. Losar, which means “new year” or “new” and “fresh,” is the largest Tibetan festival, celebrated by everyone. This is […]

March 2nd

Dalai Lama Enlightens Us on a Path to Nature

Pope Francis has been in the news a lot recently for his outspoken social and environmental news. But long before the Pope came out against environmental degradation, the Dalai Lama taught that humans should form a stronger connection to nature. Describing the planet as our house that we live in and need to take care […]

January 28th

Deepak Chopra Guides Us Towards Nature

By Gina Merlino Normally, I’m not moved by religious leaders, but there is one celebrated, spiritual guru who inspires me. Deepak Chopra offers wisdom to enrich our lives. Having authored more than 60 books and numerous articles on the Huffington Post, he doles out advice on honoring the mind, body, and soul through holistic methods. His words resonate with me […]

January 9th

Buddhism and Nature

When speaking about a monk who had chosen to practice in the forest, Buddha said: And when he lives in a remote abode his mind is not distracted by unsuitable visible objects, and so on.  He is free from anxiety; he abandons attachments to life; he enjoys the taste of the bliss of seclusion  . […]

January 6th

Using Buddhism to Connect With Our Food

By Gina Merlino Food and the environment are closely related. Pigs, cows, and chickens are put in crowded, unsanitary conditions and pumped with hormones and antibiotics. Companies work to change the genetic makeup of our crops, to make them big, strong, and arguably worse. It is a depressing contradiction that the richest country in the world […]

January 2nd