Environment

  • Boycott Whole Foods? No Way, says Way. Paid Member

    So, have you decided to boycott Whole Foods because the very green grocer's Libertarian founder John Mackey sounded off against universal health care in the Wall Street Journal? If you haven't yet decided, you should read what our favorite green Buddhist has to say first. The Elephant Journal's Waylon ("Way") Lewis made it pretty clear over at the Huffington Post last week that things are never as simple as they seem. Take a look—Way has initiated quite the lively exchange. Why am I writing about this now? More »
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    The Green Buddha: Bringing Dharma to Environmentalism Paid Member

    David Rome writes on tricycle.com: What does it mean to be “green” and “Buddhist?” The Green Buddha is traditionally the Laughing Buddha, bringer of prosperity and mirth. His iconic image can be found everywhere from curio shelves to a 1950s film about art theft. But in this age of environmental loss and degradation, “green” and “Buddhist” together should come to mean something new, something about the imperative to face the loss and work to protect the future. The connection between environmental activism and Buddhist practice exists, though it is not always easy to draw. Read the entire piece here. More »
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    Clark Strand on calling the the Earth to witness Paid Member

    Or was the Earth calling the Buddha to witness?: A legend about the Buddha's enlightenment has profound implications for Green Meditation. According to tradition, on the night of Shakyamuni's awakening, as he sat in deep meditation under the bodhi tree, the tempter Mara assailed him with numerous threats and distractions, including vast armies of demons and seductive dancing girls. When these failed to unseat the aspiring Buddha, as a last ditch effort Mara challenged his right to sit upon "the throne of enlightenment." "Who bears witness to your attainment of Buddhahood?" demanded Mara. In answer, Shakyamuni is said to have reached the fingers of his right hand down to touch the ground. More »
  • Making our way through a sea of green Paid Member

    In my continuing quest to bring mindfulness to all that I consume, I've met more than a few roadblocks. As Organic! Green! and Eco-friendly! labels scream at me from the aisles of my grocery store the process has become increasingly exasperating. Further confusing me, the "Healthy Living" section of my local supermarket recently renovated their floors, replacing linoleum with polished wood to simulate the feel of an organic health food store. Detergents, toothpastes, fruits, and even potato chips now come in green packaging with grassy knolls, woodland creatures, and falling leaves decorating their labels. It all adds to my mounting confusion. More »
  • Mindful Consumption? Paid Member

    This week, Magnolia Pictures releases its new movie Food, Inc. in theaters across the US. The film, which follows in the footsteps of recent films like Fast Food Nation, focuses on the shadowy and unchecked food industry that has grown in the US over the past 50 years. But while the film targets the handful of large corporations that control much of what appears on the shelves of grocery stores, it also suggests that our blissful ignorance as consumers who toss frozen chicken breasts and packaged lettuce into our grocery carts, actually makes us complicit in the ugly underbelly of the multi-billion dollar food industry. I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening of the film which manages to be simultaneously troubling and hopeful as it exposes the history and future of American's food consumption. More »
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    How to Learn Green Meditation Paid Member

    Green Meditation is the newest big idea to come from Clark Stand's blog Whole Earth God. (The last was iReligion.) We gave you a brief rundown of it here, and Clark has followed up on his original post on his blog. Here's a taste: The current imbalance between theology and ecology (which weights the value of human culture more heavily than the Earth) is at the root of our 21st century ecological crisis. More »