“While the energy of our thought, speech and actions is powerful, this energy is infinitely more powerful when we join together with others. When we come together as a group, with a common purpose and commitment to mindful action, we produce an energy of collective concentration far superior to our own individual concentration. This energy furthers helps us to cultivate compassion and understanding..this collective energy can lead to collective insight and to a collective awakening”
– Thich Nhat Hanh in Love Letters to the Earth
The Four Elements Earth Sangha
We are a group of practitioners in the Plum Village tradition who are connected through our mutual care and concern for the health of our beautiful home, the Bodhisattva, Mother Earth. The four elements in our Sangha name refers to Water, Fire, Earth and Air, all precious elements inside our bodies and around us in our environment. Through the insight of interbeing we see that we are our environment, we are the Earth and there is truly no separation between us. We aspire to practice deep looking as a community so we can respond to the challenge of climate change with compassion, creativity and Right Action.
Below are some resources for you and your Sanghas to enjoy. We also have a facebook page with updates on related current events and information. Please feel free to contact us here or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Compassionate Gardeners is a group of practitioners who come together through their mutual love and appreciation of gardening and food growing. This is a members only page.
Resources for Sanghas
Thays interview with the Guardian newspaper. December 22, 2011
Printable Articles, Dharma talks and Practices:
PDF Thich Nhat Hanh: www.mindfulnessbell.org/wp/ Highly Recommended reading.
Mindfulness Bell magazine, autumn 2014 edition with the theme of healing the earth/climate change. Articles can all be downloaded.
PDF Thays Dharma talk: Taking Refuge in Mother Earth
PDF Thays Dharma talk: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth (March 18, 2012) and
PDF Ten Earth Touchings (Letters from Thays book Love Letters to the Earth)
PDF Falling in love with the Earth
PDF Earth peace treaty
PDF Five Earth Touchings
PDF Three Earth touchings
Thich Nhat Hanh: http://www.theguardian.com. Many articles on Thay including: Only love can save us from climate change (2013). Search for Thich Nhat Hanh.
Sister True Dedication: www.huffingtonpost.com/sister-true-dedication/what-we-can-learn-from-bu_1_b_8473678.html
Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh
The World We have by Thich Nhat Hanh
For a Future to Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh
Active Hope by Joanne Macy and Chris Johnstone
How to eat by Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung
Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina
www.onearthsangha.org Under Articles, see Resources for talks (audio and written)
www.plumvillage.org see Thays teachings on the climate crisis
www.gbccc.org Buddhist Climate Change Collective.
www.earthholdinghereandnow.org Earth Holding Sangha in the Plum Village tradition.
Vegan diet information
mindfulcooking.org/ – a website started by Thây’s students in Portland, Oregon
www.theveganrd.com/ – very down to earth, sensible approach by a vegan registered dietitian
www.antaisce.org The national trust for Ireland, looking after heritage and enviroment.
www.climatechange.ie includes a very current information and a blog by John Gibbons
www.stopclimatechaos.ie Irish agencies to taking action on climate change. www.environmentalpillar.ie The Environmental Pillar are 28 national environmental NGOs who represent the views of the Irish environmental sector.
www.earthdirectory.net/ireland. Comprehensive list of environmental & conservation organizations NGOs and government environmental agencies in Ireland
ww.trocaire.org Developmental NGO with good information on the impact of global warming in Ireland and abroad. See their highly recommended film: A drop in the Ocean.
www.met.ie Met Eireann. See their 2013 report: Irelands Climate, the Road Ahead
www.ecocongrgationireland.org Encourages an eco approach to worship and lifestyle.
www.seai.ie Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, information on grants for solar panels, practical tips on energy efficiencies.
www.epa.ie Enviromental Protection Agency, a governmental organisation.
www.biodiversityireland.ie Reports on the changes in Irelands biodiversity. It has many interesting projects that welcome public participation.
www.mrfcj.org Mary Robinsons Foundation for Climate Justice
www.foe.ie Friends of the Earth Ireland, campaigns on climate change for environmental justice and sustainability.
www.enfo.ie Public environmental and sustainable development information service.
www.wwf.org World wildlife fund. Excellent up to date reports on the state of the worlds species and the impacts of climate change. See The Living Blue Planet Report 2015 and their quarterly magazine.
www.ipcc.ch Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Accurate, current reports on the implications and effects of climate change. The panel is made up of 2000 climate scientists from 154 different nations.
www.localfutures.org a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies.
ww.trocaire.org Highly recommended film: A Drop in the Ocean, looks at Irelands response to climate change.
Michael D Higgins: www.president.ie/en/media-library/Speeches/the-power-of-ideas-for-climate-making-a-new-beginning speech (Paris, July 2015)
Pope Francis: www.killaladiocese.org/laudato-si-encyclical-letter-of-pope-francis-on-care-for-our-common-home/
Dali Lama: www.lionsroar.com/dalai-lama-calls-for-action-on-climate-change/?utm_source=Shambhala+Sun+Community&utm_campaign=f22e33f07b-SF_Weekly_Oct_27_201510_27_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1988ee44b2-f22e33f07b-21406073
www.avaaz.org Global organisation that petitions for climate justice and responsible action by corporations and governments.
www.350.org Online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.
Inspiration from our Local Communities
West of Ireland: www.collaborativewaysforward.wordpress.com/ A collaboration of Transition Galway, Third Space and An Ait Eile.
Galway Cultural Strategy 2025 – based on sustainable development www.agenda21culture.net/index.php/who-we-are/mission
Aran Islands: www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/aran-islands-could-be-carbon-neutral-by-2022-1.2301379
Cloughjordan Eco Village: www.thevillage.ie
www.cultivate.ie Permaculture and other education for sustainability and resilient communities in Cloghjordan.
www.ecounesco.ie Eco-UNESCO Environmental education and youth organisation.
Inspiration from global communites
Costa Rica: www.blog.opusenergy.com/costa-rica-2015-all-renewable-energy
Amazon: www.pachamama.org Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
Costa Rica: www.blog.opusenergy.com/costa-rica-2015-all-renewable-energy
England: Co- housing projects:http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/11/communal-living-projects-moving-from-hippie-to-mainstream?CMP=share_btn_fb
France: Elderly co-housing http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20130305-babayagas-house