Author: Peter Schaller

Buddhism in 5 Words

By Peter D. Schaller Buddhism is flexible, like bamboo. One of the things I like best about Buddhism is that it can really be something completely different for each student or practitioner. Buddhism is no less than an internal journey to discover the divine peace within each of us. Since we each have very different landscapes in there, the trip is quite different for each individual. Obviously, there is some basic reading and studying that must be done, in order to understand the essence of Buddhism, but from there, I like to think that there are an infinite number...

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In Spite of Paris: Simple Steps for Climate Activism

By Peter D. Schaller Not surprisingly, Donald Trump made an announcement last week to withdraw the United States from the climate change agreement signed last year in Paris. The Paris Agreement, commonly referred to as COP 21 (Conference of the Parties) was signed by nearly all of the countries in the world, developed and developing, and focuses on creating mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions. The agreement’s main goal is to keep limit global temperature increase to less than two degrees Celsius, in order to mitigate the dramatic and potentially devastating effects of climate change. The Paris agreement, without question,...

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Great Soil, a lot of Sweat & Two Very Humbling Lessons

  By Peter Schaller “You must have great soil,” my friend said as I showed her pictures of my garden, my thriving yard farm. Since moving into our new house a year ago, my son and I set out to make our small yard into an edible paradise. In addition to producing clean food, sequestering carbon and improving the soil, it has also been a sweaty, gritty sort of therapy. After a long and complicated divorce, we had finally found a place to make a new beginning. What better way to cultivate peace than through plants? As I processed...

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The Faces of Meditation: Peter Schaller

    By Peter Schaller I am not always as disciplined as I should be about meditation, but it is a practice that has brought me a lot of peace and focus in my life. Sitting meditation, for at least 10 minutes a day, gives us three precious things that are so scarce in our busy lives: silence, stillness and solitude. The simple act of sweeping our minds clean of bothersome thoughts can open us up to the amazing presence of the divine. When I meditate, I think of the Dharma as a river. Sometimes, if I can’t get too...

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How to Create Positive Change in a World Divided

    By Peter Schaller In 1992, I was young and green, very Green. I was living in Richmond, Virginia, studying at Virginia Commonwealth University and organizing a local chapter of the Virginia Green Party on the side. A handful of idealistic students had revived the barely breathing Richmond Greens and we had converted them into the James River Greens, full of youthful vigor and oblivious idealism. Everything was grooving along until we slammed into Earth Day. I had always felt that Earth Day was a hoax, just like most holidays. Why wait until April 22nd to honor the...

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