Environment

  • Our visit with Her Holiness Shinso Ito Paid Member

    This week, I went with Tricycle's editor and publisher, James Shaheen, to talk to Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head priest of Shinnyo-en, a Japanese lay Buddhist movement whose global membership numbers about one million. Shinso Ito is the first female priest in her Shingon lineage, from which Shinnyo-en emerged, and has twice presided over ceremonies in the thousand-year-old Daigoji Temple, the oldest building in Kyoto. She is pictured below presenting a statue* made by her father, Shinjo Ito, the founder of Shinnyo-en, to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Her Holiness and Hizzoner were speakers at the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service that took place in New York this week. More »
  • Bhopal Disaster and the BP Oil Spill Paid Member

    An article in The New York Times yesterday looked at the 1984 Bhopal disaster through the eyes of Indians comparing it with the current BP spill in the Gulf. From the Times: No matter how halting the Obama administration’s response to the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might look to Americans, Indians cannot help but marvel — and envy — the alacrity with which the United States government has acted. More »
  • Nepal Halts Logging Temporarily Paid Member

    BBC News reports that the Nepalese government has announced a two-month ban on all logging in the country. The ban is due primarily to the high number of trees being cut down in the forests of the southern, low-land Terai region of Nepal. According to one report, more than 250,000 acres have been lost in only a few months—more than was logged over the five-year period from 2000-2005. From BBC: Around a quarter of the land mass in Nepal is under forest, and much of this is managed by community projects. More »
  • Notes from the Gulf: The BP Spill Paid Member

    The suffering caused by the BP oil spill in the gulf has been on all of our minds. When the Tricycle staff first gathered to discuss the environmental disaster back in April we couldn't have imagined that three months later oil would still be pouring out of the earth, covering the ocean with a pervasive sheen. Though it is easy to feel helpless in the face of such massive devastation, it's important for all of us to remember that there are actions we can take to support those affected by the spill. In the upcoming "Good Work" section of the August issue, Tricycle will feature a special section devoted to relief organizations in the gulf and in "On Gardening" Wendy Johnson reflects on the tragedy of the spill and the source of our attraction to the deep abyss of the ocean. More »
  • The First Day of Summer Paid Member

    Today marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere. The name solstice derives from the Latin words ‘sol’ meaning sun and ‘sistere’ meaning to stand still. It is offically the first day of summer (though those of us here in New York might argue that it certainly feels as though summer already started a while back) and after this the days will get shorter. More »
  • Green Buddhism, Basketball, Gary Gach, and Stephen Batchelor Paid Member

    Green Buddhism James Ure's Buddhist Blog looks at Green Buddhism. With the ongoing horrors of the BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental concerns weigh heavily on us all. James calls the environment "the ultimate middle-path." Similarly Clark Strand's recent columns for tricycle.com describe the way of the Green Bodhisattva, a description of the environmentally awake Buddhist. Clark will continue to write for us on this urgently important matter. Look for his next piece on Green Koans on tricycle.com next week. Garden of 1000 Buddhas More »