What Is Dharmaecology?

Dharmaecology is an interweaving of dharma themes from the Buddhist Naturalist tradition and ecology, which I define as natural systems theory. Dharmaecology indicates a strong focus on ecology and climate justice, dharma naturalism, and a systems ecology approach to dharma theory and practice. It’s about connectedness, networks and integration, social, biological and cosmic. What I seek … Continue reading What Is Dharmaecology?

Karma and Rebirth as the Evolution of Consciousness

I am beginning to understand that rebirth, the mythical movement of *mind* or consciousness from one body to another, from one life to another, is not literally about an individual's consciousness moving, like a poltergeist, from one body to another, possessing first this body and the next. No, in a more general sense, it's collective … Continue reading Karma and Rebirth as the Evolution of Consciousness

Urban, Secular, Engaged: Cites, Laity and Early Buddhism

The following is the conclusion of a paper, Early Buddhism and the Urban Revolution, by Balkrishna Govind Gokhale, from The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2 1982. [Editor: The bulk of the article is concerned with enumerating and categorizing all the named places in the early scriptures that the … Continue reading Urban, Secular, Engaged: Cites, Laity and Early Buddhism