Sumeru News — Environmental Issues

National Post catches wind of Ontario Buddhist retreat controversy

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Cham Shan Temple is planning a quartet of Buddhist retreat centres in the Kawartha Lakes area, modelled after the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. They have purchased huge tracts of land for the purpose, and plan to spend tens of millions of dollars on development and construction. Here’s a link to an earlier article... Read more »

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Plot to Save the Earth – update

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Last year I teamed up with Mickey Glantz and Dhiraj Pradhananga to launch a Facebook group: Plot to Save the Earth. It is a global Buddhist eco-initiative. Our mission is to raise awareness about the need for sustainable development on our fragile planet, about the role Buddhists are taking on in that transformation, and about... Read more »

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Ontario govt pulls end run around Buddhist Association of Canada over wind turbines

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Via Mississauga.com… Ms Chen [of Cham Shan Temple] said after the Nov. 4 meeting, in which government officials promised to “look into our case”, the group was told that while it might not be possible to cancel the wind projects, “they would look at relocation…and promised to get back to us. We were told it... Read more »

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Dharma, non-attachment and convivial degrowth in Canada – let’s start the conversation

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Last night I heard a great show on CBC Radio’s Ideas on the Degrowth Paradigm (http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2013/12/10/the-degrowth-paradigm/) Here’s how Degrowth/Decroissance Canada describes the concept, in simple terms: Convivial degrowth is a relatively new concept, especially in North America. Degrowth or decroissance has been around for a number of years in France and other parts of Europe, with some... Read more »

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The Buddhist and the Tomato

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I stumbled on this article from a 2006 issue of Canada’s leading environmental journal, Alternatives… THE BUDDHIST AND THE TOMATO: Why sustainable choices are often so difficult. By Douglas Vincent. THE GLARING FLUORESCENCE of Atlantic Superstore lights must have blinded me. How could I buy a shiny, temptingly red – and cheap – Mexican tomato when... Read more »

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