My friend Julia recently visited Buddhist monasteries in Nepal and India and was deeply touched by the Tibetan Monks there. Living on less than a dollar a day, the monks she met were models of spiritual humility, happiness and simplicity. She came back from Nepal and the monastery full of life, and more dedicated than ever to service, simplicity, and meditation. In our discussions afterward, we reflected on the following 5 eco-themed lessons we could learn from the Buddhist monks.
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We know we should eat local, bike more, etc. etc., but so few of us actually live up to what we know. Incorporating mindfulness practice into our lives can help us see the interconnections between and consequences of these actions.
Chris Baskind, founder of simple living site More Minimal (among others), sent me a note about a half-hour ago apologizing for getting his guest post up relatively late in the game. Once you read it, though, you’ll realize that Chris had nothing to apologize for: his post on urban cycling takes a recent rant by […]
Environmental care is a practical, worldly thing. But it is also a step in one’s personal evolution. On the one hand, it is a practical response to the environmental problems we are facing. It is also a foresighted response to the issues (economic and environmental) that we might be facing if we don’t think more […]
“From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.” (Romans I: 20) “Have you not seen how God sets forth a […]
Wait, wasn’t there supposed to be a rabbi in there somewhere? Tonight was the Time 100 Gala, where Time Magazine celebrates 100 of the most influential people in the world today. This year, three religious leaders are included. What Richard Cizik, Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the Dalai Lama have in common is that they’ve all […]
David Loy, a Buddhism scholar, presented a lecture at Vanderbilt University recently describing a spiritual perspective on the challenge of consumerism. There is a video available that is worth watching if you have a free hour and, like me, are into this kind of stuff! Otherwise, I will give an overly simplistic summary below. The […]