Green Buddhism with Professor Stéphanie Kaza

This episode originally aired on June 14, 2020.

As the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, the soul search we see a conversation with Professor Stéphanie Kaza.

How can we live in good relationships with other species?

We often view environmental issues in scientific, or perhaps economic or even political terms. But what can religious perspectives add to the conversation? What do religions like Buddhism have to offer in the face of the “hot mess” of climate change and ecological degradation?

The early 1970s saw a growing awareness of our ecological crisis. It is also a period when Buddhism begins to spread in the West, especially in Australia and the United States. It was during this time that Professor Stephanie Kaza came into contact with some of the key people who brought various traditions of Buddhism to America.

Stephanie is a leading scholar of Green Buddhism and ecology, and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. She has spent her career exploring the intersection of religion and ecology.

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Presenter: Lake Meredith
Producer: Mariam Chehab


Stephanie Kaza is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and a practicing Zen Buddhist in the Japanese Soto tradition. She was a pioneer in the academic study of Buddhism and ecology in the United States. His many books include Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times, A wild love for the world, and Conversations with trees: an intimate ecology. She is the recipient of the prestigious Templeton Foundation Award for Excellence in Science and Religion Education.


Buddhism, Religions and Beliefs, Ecology, Environment, Science and technology, Environmental impact