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Earth Holder Community

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Moving from good intentions and well-conceived mission statements to an effective organization is not easy. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about one of America’s most successful engaged Buddhist organizations, the Earth Holder Community (EHC), in several conversations to find out how they have thrived in that challenge. I spoke with John Bell, one of the founders. He has over 40 years of experience in the youth field as a teacher, counselor, community organizer, program developer, leadership trainer, director, and parent. He is also an ordained Dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Our conversation...

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Teaching the Buddhism of the Future, Not the Past

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In February 2020, just before the pandemic hit, I presented at the Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies conference at the University of Toronto, New Paths in Teaching Buddhist Studies. You can find a video of my talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhCg0IfUC7o I had also prepared a slide deck for my talk, which I ended up not using. Looking at it again recently in the light of current events, it seems still relevant and worth sharing. Here is a link to it: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2503/2728/files/Future_Buddhism_optimized.pdf?v=1636155658 Please share...  

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The Good Ancestor

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My most recent column for Buddhistdoor Global is called "The Good Ancestor" and it is about our role in the future. It begins with a reflection on the tragic fate of Canada's Indigenous Peoples at the hands of settler colonials, and then turns to our unhealthy relationship with Planet Earth in the Anthropocene, concluding with some hints about regenerative design for a sustainable future, being modelled by a variety of European communities. https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/the-good-ancestor

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This Fragile Planet proofs

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The editor and designer of our new book, This Fragile Planet: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Environment got their proofs today, where they live in Asia. Here's the picture they sent me. I love it!

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This Fragile Planet: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Environment

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Coming soon! 11 x 8.5, 120 pages, full colour throughout. An ethical approach to dealing with the urgent issues of climate change and taking care of our delicate ecosystems. This Fragile Planet features 80 inspiring quotations from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on environment, matched with 120 eye-catching photos and visuals from a dozen professional photographers — all carefully curated and edited by Tibet expert Michael Buckley. The book lays out the vision of His Holiness concerning secular ethics and environmental protection, great respect for all living beings, the importance of interdependence, and the concept of universal responsibility for protecting...

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