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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 »
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    The Care of Earth: Week Three of the Green Bodhisattva's Twelve-Step Recovery Program Paid Member

    This week we are reviewing Step Three of Clark Strand's "Green Bodhisattva" series, which is now online. In "The Care of Earth," Strand introduces the third step towards an ecofriendly recovery: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Earth as we understood Earth." The original Alcoholics Anonymous step reads, "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him"—but Strand's higher power, as you might expect from any aspiring Green Bodhisattva, is not God but the Earth: More »
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    Restored to Sanity: Week two of of the Green Bodhisattva's Twelve Steps Paid Member

    Last week, we announced that Clark Strand's "Green Bodhisattva" column has moved online. We're going to post each of the Twelve Steps toward ecological sanity on tricycle.com, one every week. If you have questions and comments about any of the steps, please share them. Strand enjoys the online exchange of ideas and inspiration, so there's a good chance that he'll respond to those who are interested. Today we're reviewing the second step. From "Restored to Sanity": More »
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    "This Addiction is Going to Kill Us in the End": Clark Strand's Twelve Step approach to our environmental crisis Paid Member

    What will it take to restore us to ecological sanity? In his "Green Bodhisattva" columns that have appeared in Tricycle, Clark Strand has attempted to answer this question by adapting the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to our environmental crisis. Step by step, one per issue, he has outlined the first third of the path over the last year. But because there is no time to waste on the matter, the remainder of the Twelve Steps will appear here on tricycle.com. Over the next twelve weeks, Strand will explain the path in its entirety. For those of you who might have missed the "Green Bodhisattva" columns in the magazine, we'll begin today with the first step. More »
  • The Need of the Hour: Religion's role in solving the world's critical problems Paid Member

    In the current issue of Tricycle, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that a new vision and scale of values are necessary measures for taking care of the world today. From "The Need of the Hour": More »