Antwi Akom on “Eco-Buddhism & Mindfulness: Building a Climate Justice Movement”

Here's a nice find from YouTube: San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom addresses the Mill Valley Public Library on "Eco-Buddhism & Mindfulness: Building a Climate Justice Movement". The talk is described this way: Through a lecture and slide presentation, Dr. Akom will illustrate how we can bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world by considering climate change on local levels. Dr. Akom will … [Read more...]

Sign the Petition Calling for United Nations Day of Vesak to Invite Ajahn Brahm to Present His Banned Gender Equality Paper in 2015

As I previously reported, a paper by Ajahn Brahm calling for gender equality in Buddhism was blocked from the 2014 UN Day of Vesak. Our friend Justin Whitaker at American Buddhist Perspective points us to this petition about the matter: We, the undersigned, are astounded and deeply disappointed by the banning of Ajahn Brahm's paper on gender equality at the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) conference in Vietnam.The paper was clearly aligned with the UN’s Millennium Development Goal 3 … [Read more...]

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

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

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”

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...]