J. Baird Callicott on “Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics”


Noted environmental philosopher J. Baird Callicott spoke recently at his alma mater, Rhodes College, on the subject "Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics". The institution's YouTube channel describes the talk this way. American philosopher J. Baird Callicott describes the development of secular environmental ethics and comparative religious environmentalism, two approaches to environmental ethics that continue to define how we think about a sustainable world. Check it out … [Read more...]

Bhikkhu Bodhi, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Venerable Pannavati, and Others to Speak on “Creating a Compassionate World”


Several prominent engaged Buddhist leaders and others will be offering a retreat/intensive at the Garrison Institute that is right up your alley if you're a fan of this blog. Contemplative practice ultimately takes us off the pillow, out of our temples and into the world—people become our “forest.” Join us for a weekend retreat/intensive with six leading contemplative activists offering hope against hunger, hatred, homelessness, war, racism and human trafficking: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Roshi Bernie Glas … [Read more...]

Christopher Ives on Buddhism and Ecology for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology’s “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” Project


The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale has released several videos of religious studies scholars in conversation about world religions and ecology. Buddhologist Christopher Ives, who teaches at Stonehill College and whose research focuses on modern Zen ethics, has done one about Buddhism and ecology that the YouTube channel of the Forum describes this way: Chris Ives, Stonehill College, discusses Buddhism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. … [Read more...]

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

Photo by Noelle Serper.

Yesterday, PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reported on the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace -- the first event of its kind. The program describes their report this way: On Sunday, September 22nd, thousands of New Yorkers gathered for the first Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in Central Park. Orchestrated by Shinnyo-en, an international Buddhist community, more than 2,200 candle-lit paper lanterns with individually written messages of peace were set afloat onto a large reflecting … [Read more...]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urges Buddhists to Cease Violence Against Muslims

"US actor Richard Gere (right) with the Dalai Lama to greet him on his 79th birthday at Choglamsar, about 10 km from Leh, Ladakh on July 6, 2014." Photo by the Agence France-Presse.

Today, on his 79th birthday, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama -- bless his good heart -- devoted some time to speaking out publicly about Buddhist violence against Muslims in places like Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai Lama said the violence in both Buddhist-majority countries targeting religious minority Muslims was unacceptable. "I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an … [Read more...]

Panhandlers Dressed as Buddhist Monks Becoming “Ubiquitous”

"Near Bryant Park, a donor signs the recipient’s notebook." Michael Appleton for The New York Times

The New York Times has a new piece today about the scourge of panhandlers dressed as Buddhist monks and Taoist nuns in New York City. These fake monks and nuns have been a problem in Los Angeles as well -- I've even seen one or two hovering around a coffee shop between my neighborhood and University of the West here in the San Gabriel Valley.The article does a good job of highlighting the particular trouble here in terms of how these grifters are affecting popular perceptions about Buddhist … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Nana…

(L-R) The author and his grandmother Kathleen Ruth Warner many years ago.

I'm sad to report that my maternal grandmother, Kathleen Ruth Warner, died this week.I'll miss a lot of things about her. She used to send me clippings from her local paper anytime there was anything about Buddhism in it. She made me laugh watching her beloved Tampa Bay Devil Rays, whenever one of the players committed an error. ("Oh, you big dummy!")Goodbye, Nana. We love you... Kathleen Ruth Warner, 94, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Westminster S … [Read more...]

You Can Help Make the Eco-Dharma Conference a Reality!


As I previously mentioned, I will be one of the contributing teachers to the upcoming Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat 2014, which will be held this year at the Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH, from August 7 – August 11, 2014.The keynote speaker for the event will be the great David Loy, and, in addition to myself, contributing teachers include Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Colin Beavan, Dr. Kritee Kritee, Lama Willa Miller, David Stember, Vincent and Emily Horn, and Patrick Gro … [Read more...]