Environment

  • Chinese Mining Company Might Destroy Ancient Buddhist Ruins in Mes Aynak Paid Member

    More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists established a sprawling monastery complex in the barren desert just 25 miles southeast of present-day Kabul, Afghanistan, attracted to the remote location because of its rich copper deposits. Mes Aynak, the once vibrant home to hundreds of Buddha statues and Bronze Age treasures, fell into ruin for centuries.The former spiritual center rose again to prevalence thousands of years later when the disregarded ruins became an Al-Qaeda training ground, playing host to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization beginning in 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, the red-brown metal that first caught the Buddhists’ eyes brought an international giant onto the scene. More »
  • Occupy Sravasti Paid Member

    This guest blog post comes our way from Joshua Eaton, an editor, writer and translator. Eaton holds an M Div in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. His most recent piece for tricycle.com is "Making Buddhism accessible to working-class people." Occupy Sravasti: How Buddhism Inspires Me to Occupy By Joshua Eaton More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Rhinoceros Extinction and Ngondro Day Paid Member

    The rhinoceros has been a part of Buddhist practice and literature since the Pali Canon's Khaggavisana Sutta, nicknamed the Rhinoceros Sutta. In it, practitioners are encouraged to "wander alone like a rhinoceros," although the translation has been the subject of some controversy. You can read the entire sutta here, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Access to Insight. As Buddhism made its way across cultures and countries, the rhinoceros came with it, most notably in koan practice. For instance, read "Roshi Meets Rhino," a 1993 article by Janwillem van de Wetering in which he wrestles with the koan, "Roshi meets Rhino: where did Roshi go?" More »
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    Step Eight of the Green Bodhisattva Path: Making Amends Paid Member

    Today we have the eighth step of Clark Strand's Green Bodhisattva series, called Making Amends: "Made a list of all those we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all." The Green Bodhisattva series takes us through the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as related to our planet's current ecological crisis. Clark writes in Making Amends, More »
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    Trees, Butterflies, and the Buddhist Moral Life: Week Four of the Green Bodhisattva's Twelve-Step Recovery Program Paid Member

    Step Four of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous reads: “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” That's where we're at with Clark Strand's 12 Steps of Ecological Recovery. In order to recover from a culture addicted to consumption we have to undertake a process of moral accounting: where have we fallen short in our efforts to live in harmony with the world? Later we will have to confess these shortcomings to our Higher Power, the Earth. To do this, Strand suggests reconnecting with our Original Mind: More »
  • The Inseparability of Life: the 12 Steps and environmental action Paid Member

    Since Clark Strand's "Green Bodhisattva" column has moved online, his 12-step approach to environmental sanity has sparked a lively, wide-ranging conversation. On "Restored to Sanity," Community Member Alan Shusterman writes: Sad to say, I'm one of those academic classifiers you refer to, but I think I can still understand and sympathize with your views of the inseparability of life. So let me ask instead how the inseparability of life guides your views on environmental action? In Clark's typical fashion, he responded at length, breaking down how the 12 Steps are action-oriented. Part of his response: More »