Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

by Stephanie Kaza


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At a time of growing environmental crisis, a pioneer of Green Buddhist thought offers challenging and illuminating perspectives.

With species rapidly disappearing and global temperatures rising, there is more urgency than ever to act on the ecological crises we face. Hundreds of millions of people around the world—including unprecedented numbers of Westerners—now practice Buddhism. Can Buddhists be a critical voice in the green conversation? Leading Buddhist environmentalist Stephanie Kaza has spent her career exploring the intersection of religion and ecology. With so much at stake, she offers guidance on how people and communities can draw on Buddhist concepts and practices to live more sustainable lives on our one and only home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611806748
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 349,426
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Kaza is Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. Her previous books are Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking and Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology. She is the editor of Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume and coeditor (with Kenneth Kraft) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. To learn more, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Intimate Relations 1

1 Field of Bright Spirit 3

2 Window Guest 10

3 Buddhist Perspectives on Teaching and Doing Science 13

4 Conversations with Trees 30

5 Gary Snyder: Heart-to-Heart Instructions in Nonduality 38

6 Tea Mind, Earth Mind 53

Part 2 Envisioning Green Buddhism 63

7 The Greening of Buddhism 65

8 John Daido Loori: A Deep and Enduring Love 88

9 A Community of Attention 93

10 How Much Is Enough? 101

11 The Attentive Heart 118

12 Ethics Matter: Following the Green Practice Path 124

13 Joanna Macy: Fierce Heart-Mind Warrior 139

Part 3 Acting with Compassion 149

14 Forging the Spirit through Climate Change Practice 151

15 Buddhist Contributions to Climate Response 157

16 Sulak Sivaraksa: Spiritual Friendship in Buddhist Activism 171

17 Acting with Compassion: Buddhism, Feminism, and the Environmental Crisis 178

18 Practicing with Greed 192

19 Becoming a Real Person 198

20 Following the Path of Kindness 205

21 The Gift of the Dark Time 213

Notes 219

Resources 235

Credits 237

Index 241

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