Eco-Dharma

Buddhism and environmentalism aren't so different from each other, argues ALLAN BADINER. We just need to wake up to that fact.

Allan Badiner

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Eco-DharmaDoes meditating on your zafu help us deal with climate change, or are Buddhists getting away with “sitting” out the ecological crisis? It may be surprising to some that Buddhism, often regarded as otherworldly and introspective, has been a launching pad for environmental activism in the 21st century. Shakyamuni Buddha’s 2,600-year-old teachings have inspired the modern and diverse ecological efforts of the Sri Lankan organization Sarvodaya and individuals including Australia’s John Seed, Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Thailand’s Phra Khru Pitak, America’s Joanna Macy and Gary Snyder, Vietnam’s Thich Nhat Hanh, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Buddhist teachings continue to inspire and inform the activism of a new generation of environmental leaders.

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