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Editors introduction: the Environmental issue

All the articles in this spring journal address aspects of Buddhist practice with respect to environmental issues. In the media we can hear and read varied statistics and predictions about the current state and future of the planet we live … Continue reading

Conserve, Preserve, Respect & Revere: Rev. Master Jiyu’s Teachings on Care for the Environment…

This is an extract from a compilation of writings by monks of Shasta Abbey, writing about how the community has responded to environmental issues and climate change, based on the teachings of Rev. Master Jiyu, Founder of our Order.   … Continue reading

Some Personal Reflections

I found compiling Rev. Master Jiyu’s. teachings on   environmental concerns to be a helpful response to questions raised in various Buddhism and ecology books and by our own lay congregation. One question is, ‘What can I do?’ I hope some … Continue reading

Considering the Unseen Octopus: Practising With All Beings

A while back I turned on the radio and caught part of an interview with a marine biologist. Talking about the way we humans affect marine habitats, she described how she had initially assumed a new species of giant octopus … Continue reading

Can We Make the World a Better Place?

My reason for posing this question is because it is one of those existential questions which lurks in the background of the mind, and influences our thoughts and behaviors. Many people, especially the young, want to make the world a … Continue reading

What is Engaged Buddhism? Training With Climate Change and Environmental Destruction

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide … Continue reading

Appendix: Shasta Abbey Kitchen Environmentally Sustainable Practices

This was originally written in 2012 for someone who came to the Abbey to interview the community on environmentally sustainable practices in the monastery. A vital aspect of Buddhism, and in particular, training in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition, is … Continue reading

News from the OBC Journal

News from Temples of the OBC in Europe, North America and the UK – with photos. Available only as part of the Spring 2015 Kindle edition or as part of the pdf version, Spring 2015. Print PDF