Touching the Earth

Shambhala's Working Group on the Environment

Our mission is that Shambhala become a powerful force for societal transformation in accordance with the principles and practices of both warriorship and sustainability.

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Working Group Members:

  • Joel Schecter, Chair
  • Elizabeth Kanard
  • Jessyca Goldstein
  • Marty Janowitz
  • Leila Bruno
  • David Wimberly
  • Herrie Haverkamp
  • Jeff Chamberlain
  • Sherry Ellms

In the winter of 2008, Buddhadharma magazine published an appeal for an international Buddhist conference in response to the growing risks of climate change. Following this appeal, a document was drafted with the input of over 20 Buddhist teachers, culminating in the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change, whose first signer was His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In July 2009, The Sakyong Miphame Rinpoche encouraged the greater Shambhala sangha to support the declaration with the following statement:

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, would like to like to encourage everyone to read and sign the statement if they so wish, as it is a significant contribution to the discussion of Buddhist contemplation and action on environmental protection.

Please visit this article to view and sign the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change.

Touching the Earth Documents & Reports :

You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the PDF files below.

Letter to Sangha Announce, July 10th, 2007 (pdf file)

Supplication for Sadhana for the Earth, January 20th, 2007 (pdf file)

Request for Shambhala Center Liasons, March 22nd, 2008 (pdf)

Letter to the Sakyong's Council, Dec 5th, 2008 (pdf)

Working Document - Ground, Path, Fruition (pdf)

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche's Call for Protecting the Earth (pdf)

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Proteger la Tierra (pdf)

The 2009 Shambhala Green Commitment (pdf)

El Compromiso verde de Shambhala en 2009 (pdf)

108 Environmental Suggestions from H.H. the Karmapa (pdf)

Helpful Links

The Touching the Earth group Shambhala Times Earth Day edition
The Halifax Shambhala center's sustainability initiative
Ecobuddhism - Buddhist teachings and articles regarding the environment