Always Interdependent with Nature

When I first read Naomi Klein‘s interview in Tricycle Magazine, I was stunned by the radical nature of her statement about global capitalism. On second thought, I recognized that she was actually talking about how we are always interdependent with nature. She was expressing the idea that we cannot get away from nature, no matter […]

One Thing You Can Do About Mindful Consumption

Here is one thing you can do about mindful consumption: turn off your TV:)! Mindful consumption is the subject of the Fifth of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. It reads, Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by […]

Teachings on Mindful Consumption

Tricycle.com titled this daily dharma post, “Concentration and Meditation,” as you can see below. However I think these words of wisdom are teachings on mindful consumption. This is because Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede is telling us concentration and mindfulness can bring us back to our true home and away from the shiny objects and entertainment videos […]

Eating Mindfully With The Sangha Of All Sentient Beings

[Editor’s note: This article by Lyn Fine is a summary of a Day of Mindfulness that took place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 sponsored by Mindful Peacebuilding. The facilitators were Dr. Jina Shah, M. D., John Salerno-White, Judy Seicho Fleischman. Jina Shah, an international public health physician, was raised as a vegetarian with the nonviolent […]

Desmond Tutu Speaks Out For Climate Change

The situation with climate change is getting rather desperate. As shown last Thursday, Harrison Ford and Don Cheadle are also very concerned about climate change. See What Do Harrison Ford And Don Cheadle Know That We Should. Now Desmond Tutu speaks out for climate change. He thinks we need an anti-apartheid style of boycott of […]

“The Culture Of Prosperity Deadens Us”

Pope Francis warns us that “the culture of prosperity deadens us” and we fail to see the suffering of people who lack opportunities and live stunted lives. This is totally aligned with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh‘s teachings on mindful consumption. These teachings say that we are a society addicted to consumption. We think the […]

Do You Want To Wake Up?

This lovely video from the I Am Awake project is short and to the point. Instead of “What if I told you to wake up?” please tell me, do you want to wake up? What does it mean to wake up? We must wake up to the destruction we are causing to the environment. Just […]

Google Likes Thich Nhat Hanh

In yesterday’s article on The Business of Mindfulness, we learned that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh visited Google just last month. We learned that he would only visit Google if they would offer a day of mindfulness. It is apparent that Google likes Thich Nhat Hanh! He is known as Thay by his hundreds of […]

Zeitgeist Resurrected

Zeitgeist is a German word meaning “spirit time.” It refers to the spirit of the time we are living in. Zeitgeist resurrected refers to the video below, Zeitgeist Moving Forward from 2011, as my previous post on Thich Nhat Hanh On Government and Governments Need Mindfulness – Not Enemies. The movie points out how important […]

Are We Eating Our Children?

I know this title sounds kind of brutal. I wanted to get your attention. There is a story told by the Buddha in the Son’s Flesh Sutra. It is the story about the couple who ate their son’s flesh. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers, tells this story often. Here […]

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