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    The Whole Package Paid Member

    Named by Audubon Magazine as one of its One Hundred Champions of Conservation of the twentieth century, biologist Michael Soulé is the author of 9 books and over 160 articles on ecological subjects and themes. One of the founders of both the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Project, he has stood for over thirty years at the forefront of the global effort to restore sustainable wildlife habitat and prevent species extinction. Soulé began studying Buddhism in 1971 under Taizan Maezumi Roshi and continues his Zen practice today with his former wife, Jan Chozen Bays Roshi. In March, Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand spoke to Michael Soulé about his views on Buddhism and environmentalism. More »
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    Everything is Holy Paid Member

    Every Wednesday morning when I can afford the time, I park at the foot of the valley I live in and climb Mount Tamalpais, my holy mountain. It is more sacred to me than any temple, and as powerful a place of practice.My path is as ritualized as the stations of the cross. I take a wooden footbridge over a stream and climb through second-growth redwoods and past blackberry bushes, now sere and brown in the winter cold. My worries come with me: I chew on a conflict with my eighty-year-old mother, a disastrous visit home. More »
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    Stop Shopping Paid Member

    I doubt that you need to hear more dire predictions about the ongoing destruction of our natural environment in order to be motivated to work to save it. In fact, too many dire predictions can make us throw up our hands in despair. So I’m not going to tell you how many species a day are becoming extinct, or how soon your home will be covered by melted polar ice. You already know it’s too many and too soon. More »
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    Green Dharma: Mother Nature, Buddha Nature Paid Member

    At a time when our environment is under assault as never before, the Buddha’s teachings on interdependence remind us that we humans are not separate from the world our activities are decimating. Our babies will drink in our breast milk the toxins we spray on our vegetable fields. The computer we toss on the garbage heap— outmoded after a year of use—will leach deadly chemicals into our groundwater. More »
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    A Breath of Fresh Air Paid Member

    In the wilderness of the Rainbow Trail at twilight, silence reigns. On this silent backpacking and meditation retreat I am leading deep in the red rocks of Arizona, a small group of men and women have been walking and camping under the steady presence of Navaho Mountain for seven days and seven nights. Immersed in winding sandstone canyons 650 million years old, we have been alone except for occasional visits by curious ravens. Now the retreat participants are returning from spending twenty-four hours alone. As we sit around the campfire, the moon rises slowly above the sheer canyon walls, casting shadows and animating wizened faces in the rock. More »