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Melting Glaciers in Tibet Worry Buddhist Monk

This week, as world leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations’ 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to discuss climate change, EdenKeeper plans to bring you stories from communities vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. The first story comes from Tibet, where a Buddhist monk is drawing attention to the rapid rate of warming at […]

November 30th

Exploring the Intricate Sand Mandala of Buddhism

Standing on the outside, looking into the profound depths of symbolism represented in a colorful Buddhist sand mandala, fascination and imagination find rare delight. Layer upon layer, the mandala draws the viewer in, slowly, reflectively, intriguingly toward the center. The journey from the present reality to the possible sublime is lined with intricate angles and […]

February 10th

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

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

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

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

Photos of Beautiful Buddhist Cave Temples

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. While I’m a big fan of Emerson, I find myself disagreeing with this quote a bit. It seems to assert that only through a love of nature can you learn to appreciate the divine. I think you can […]

February 17th