Buddhists Must Awaken to the Ecological Crisis


Buddhists, says David Loy, have often been slow to open their eyes to the problem of climate change. He examines key Buddhist teachings to try to understand why. Interest in eco-dharma—the ecological implications of Buddhist teachings—is finally growing after years of apparent indifference and little conversation about it in Buddhist sanghas. The environmental crisis has been [...]

Home Cooking


At New York’s Reciprocity Foundation, homeless youth receive nourishment for body and mind alike. Founder Taz Tagore explains the program’s recipe for success. Living in New York City, there is no shortage of joy or suffering. They’re all around you, on a daily basis. As a practicing Buddhist, I strive to see it all clearly, but when I arrive at work, that can get very [...]

Buddhists come together for 21st UN climate change meeting

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The 21st United Nations conference on climate change starts on Monday, and Buddhists around the world are busy working to raise awareness. Most recently, the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective, One Earth Sangha, and Plum Village jointly released a prayer for climate change so political leaders "may have the courage, clarity, and compassion to come to a wise and [...]

Plum Village’s Sister Mai Nghiem pens open letter to French president

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French nun Sister Mai Nghiem, of Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition, has composed "Dear President Hollande," an open letter of to France's president in response to last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. It begins: Dear Mr. President, This morning four military planes crossed the sky over our mountains. They made me think of France. I have been in California for a [...]

Dalai Lama, addressing Paris attacks, urges proactivity, harmony

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In a new interview with German broadcasting entity Deutsche Welle, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at length about Friday's attacks in Paris, and society's possible responses to terrorism in general. "Unless we make serious attempts to achieve peace, we will continue to see a replay of the mayhem humanity experienced in the 20th century. "People want to lead a peaceful [...]

Buddhist communities, figures respond to Paris attacks


After Friday evening's horrifying terror attacks in Paris, which left more than 100 dead, many Buddhist teachers and communities took to the web and social media to share sympathies and prayers for the people of France and the world. A sampling of these follows. The Dalai Lama Following the attacks, the Dalai Lama spoke about society's response to terrorism in [...]

Buddhist teacher and feminist Rita Gross dies following stroke

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Rita Gross, a prominent scholar on Buddhism and gender, author of Buddhism After Patriarchy, and a senior Buddhist teacher, died on Wednesday, November 11, after suffering a stroke in late October. Buddhist teacher Judith Simmer-Brown wrote on the Shambhala Network: Rita Gross died peacefully today at her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Following the instructions of her [...]

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party wins apparent landslide in Burmese election

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Almost 20 years ago, in the Shambhala Sun, Alan Clements wrote of Aung San Suu Kyi and her campaign for democracy, "she will not be stopped." Now, Aung San Suu Kyi's political party, the National League For Democracy (NLD), has reportedly swept the polls in the Burmese election. While the results have not yet been officially announced, both Aung San Suu Kyi and incumbent [...]

Eido Shimano to “offer his sincere regret” in mediated talk with Zen Studies Society sangha

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On November 2, Eido Shimano, age 83, issued a letter to the Zen Studies Society sangha, addressing that community's need for healing in the wake of Shimano's reported misconduct, as documented in Mark Oppenheimer's The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side. (See also, on Lion's Roar: "Zen teachers issue open letter confronting abuse'; and  "Confronting Abuse of Power.") His [...]

Melissa Mathison, screenwriter and pro-Tibet activist, dies at 65

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Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter and pro-Tibet activist, has died. Most famous for authoring the scripts for The Black Stallion and Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (which earned her an Oscar nomination), she also wrote that of Kundun, Martin Scorcese's meditative biopic about the 14th Dalai Lama. That assignment marked the beginning of a friendship with His [...]