Thich Nhat Hanh’s Core Earth Holder Teachings

By Heather Mann

We are grateful to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for giving the world a collection of teachings about Mother Earth and our relationship to this precious planet. In these videos, Thay looks deeply and applies the Buddha’s ancient wisdom to today’s environmental crisis. He illuminates a healing path of Earth holding and protecting and charts…

“Earth Holders:” the Origin of Our Name

By Heather Mann

The Bodhisattva Dharanimdhara–an enlightened being from ancient Buddhist texts—is translated by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to be the “Bodhisattva Protector of the Earth” or “Earth Holder.” Nhat Hanh goes on to explain: This Bodhisattva helps further communication between humans and other species… Earth Holder works to preserve this planet for living beings by taking…

The Roots of Engaged Buddhism

By Heather Mann

What is “engaged Buddhism?” Here, Thich Nhat Hanh explains its meaning in his own words. When I was in Vietnam, so many of our villages were being bombed. Along with my monastic brothers and sisters, I had to decide what to do. Should we continue to practice in our monasteries, or should we leave the…

How is the climate emergency impacting your county?

By Heather Mann

Many counties in the US have already hit 1.5 C rise and some cases even 2.0 C rise. You’ll recall, the 2015 Paris Accord on Climate Change, and all the future commitments countries promised there, were to keep global warming “well below 2 C. 1.5 and 2.0 C rises already have happened in California, Wisconsin,…

True Fuel for an Earth Holder & Protector

By Heather Mann

aware of climate change/emergency — we can come together to breathe, look deeply and act with love WRITTEN BY Br Protection Chan Phap Ho, Buddhist Monk and Dharma Teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, resident of Deer Park Monastery, born in Stockholm, Sweden NOTE: this article was first posted on Deer Park Monastery Earth Protectors’…

Chan Phap Ho’s Reflections: the First Earth Holder Weekend

By Heather Mann

Br Protection Chan Phap Ho, Buddhist Monk and Dharma Teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, resident of Deer Park Monastery, born in Stockholm, Sweden NOTE: this article was first posted in 2016 on the EarthHoldingHereAndNow Blog. I want to share with you some wonderful and life giving experiences from our Earth Holding Theme…

Extinction Rebellion and the New Visibility of Religious Protest

By Heather Mann

The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism is not alone in its efforts to cultivate a spiritual response to the climate challenge. We walk this path with leaders from all the world’s religion. An interfaith voice is rising to declare, “Climate change is first and foremost a spiritual crisis.” Read what’s happening and learn about…