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How Buddhism Could Be A Way Out Of The Environmental Mess We Are In
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Story  Sep-7-2010       PT

Vietnamese Buddhist leader, Thich Nhat Hanh. Credit: APThe Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his new book how a Buddhist approach could benefit ecology.

The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has turned his attention to how Buddhism could help ecology.

There is something extraordinarily child-like about the 84-year-old Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

To portray him out of context could make him appear naive and unworldly. It is therefore understandable that he does not like to be interviewed by journalists who have not already spent some time in his presence and meditated with him. The Daily Mirror was interested in running a piece only if they could get a picture of him with a major celebrity, which is not particularly helpful since he believes fame is one of the key paths to suffering.

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Blog item  Oct-22-2009       chefurka   chefurka

Our civilization has collectively sleep-walked itself into a totally unsustainable position, one that is in large measure a death trap for ourselves and other species. The deeper we dig ourselves into this hole, the fewer escape routes remain. The systems and structures we have created are funneling us towards a vanishing point that is now becoming clear to many, just as the machine begins to fail.

Even in the face of this awesome possibility, however, we must recognize the power of the human spirit, especially...  See entire blog item

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Quote  Apr-22-2009     William Blake   TheTeam

I wept and said: "Is this the law of Jesus,
This terrible devouring sword turning every way?"
He answer'd: "Jesus died because He strove
Against the current of this Wheel: its name
Is Caiaphas, the dark Preacher of Death,
Of sin, of sorrow, and of punishment,
Opposing Nature."

The Parable of the Marriage: Is There a Shrink in the House?
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Blog item  Nov-28-2008 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       chefurka   chefurka

Can people learn to live in balance with the planet?These days humanity finds itself at the center of an enormous converging crisis.  A wide variety of global-scale problems in ecology, energy and economics are joining forces before our eyes to threaten a massive disruption of the human experience.  Inevitably we ask ourselves the question, "How on earth did this happen to us?"

I find metaphors to be very helpful in thinking about this...  See entire blog item

Population: The Final Challenge - What Do You Think About It?
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Blog item  May-20-2008 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT   PT
Population continues to grow...Let's keep this fairly short, as an excess of words will not make the points more compelling.  There is a simple series of logical steps pursued below.  Also, please note that I bring religion into the discussion because I have seen innumerable online dialogues where some participants claim that God wants humans to continue to create more and more people on the planet "for the greater happiness of all humanity".  This idea, which I consider to be sadly deluded, is discussed somewhat below.

1) If the population keeps growing and resource use per person keeps growing, will we ever hit a limit on the planet's ability to supply everyone?  And even if we limit average resource use per person, if population keeps growing will we hit a global limit at some point?

2) There is clearly a limit - if the entire surface of the earth were covered...  See entire blog item

A Big Oily Mess Part II: Non-Viable and Premature Solutions
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News item  May-6-2008 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       TheTeam
As oil prices continue to lurch upward with no clear end in sight, the PlanetThoughts team has sought to provide our readers with some facts about the oil crises in America. Last month, in the first of three installments, we presented an article by Tom Ordeman, Jr. addressing some of the reasons for the quick price increase...  See entire news item

Ice god melts as thousands gather
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News item  Jul-1-2007       TheTeam

Image of Shiva from natural ice is meltingSRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Thousands of Hindu pilgrims chanted hymns as they trudged on Sunday to a cave shrine deep in the Himalayas, undeterred by reports that a naturally formed ice stalagmite they worship as symbol of Lord Shiva was melting.

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Quote  Jun-1-2007 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     Frank Lloyd Wright   TheTeam
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

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Quote  Mar-15-2007 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     Alexander Pope   TheTeam
All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul

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Quote  Oct-28-2006 Click to show the linked image in a new window     The Evangelical Climate...   TheTeam
As American evangelical Christian leaders, we recognize both our opportunity and our responsibility to offer a biblically based moral witness that can help shape public policy in the most powerful nation on earth, and therefore contribute to the well-being of the entire world. Whether we will enter the public square and offer our witness there is no longer an open question. We are in that square, and we will not withdraw.

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