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Bodhi tree leaves (Ficus religiosa)

 

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY BY LESLIE E. SPONSEL

 

                                                               Journal Articles

1992, “Thailand: Buddhism, Ecology and Forests,” The New Road (Gland, Switzerland) December 1991-January 1992, 21:4-5 (co-author Poranee Naadecha-Sponsel).

 

1992, “A Comparison of the Cultural Ecology of Adjacent Muslim and Buddhist Villages in Southern Thailand: A Preliminary Field Report,” Journal of the National Research Council of Thailand 23(2):31-42 (co-author Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel).

 

1998 “Sacred and/or Secular Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation in Thailand” (co-authors Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel, Nukul Ruttanadakul, and Somporn Juntadach) for special issue on biodiversity of Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 2(1):155-167.

 

2000, “Does Buddhism Have Any Future?: Some Thoughts on the Possibilities of Buddhist Responses to the 21st Century,” (co-author Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel) invited for Seeds of Peace 16(1):36-39, January-April issue.

 

2003 (Spring/Summer), “Sacred Caves, Bats, and Forests: A Case Study in Buddhist Ecology,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel), Hawai`i Association of International Buddhists Newsletter XI(1):11-12.

 

2007, “The Spiritual Lives of Great Environmentalists,” Electronic Green Journal 25:1-9. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6jq2x4wh?query=sponsel#page-5.

 

2007 “Spiritual Ecology: One Anthropologist’s Reflections,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 1(3):340-350.

 

2010 (September-December), “Enhancing Awareness: Buddhist Solutions for a Future World,” Seeds of Peace 26(3):30.

 

2010 “Religion and Environment: Exploring Spiritual Ecology,” Religion and Society: Advances in Research, Simon Coleman and Ramon Sarro, eds., New York, NY: Berghahn Books 1:131-145.  

 

2012 (November), “Spiritual Ecology,” AAA Anthropology News 53(9):24-25.

 

2013 (September), “The Ecological Imperative for Spiritual Ecology for the 21st Century,” Kosmos http://www.kosmosjournal.org/voices-of-people/the-ecological-imperative-of-spirituality-for-the-21st-century.

 

2013 (October 1), “Leslie Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Connection, and Environmental Change,” Anthropology and Environment Society Engagement Blog   http://ae.americananthro.org/index.php/leslie-sponsel-on-spiritual-ecology-connection-and-environmental-change/

http://fore.research.yale.edu/news/item/leslie-sponsel-on-spiritual-ecology-connection-and-environmental-change/.

 

2014 (April), “Indigenous Sacred Places: Threats and Responses (Review of “Standing on Sacred Ground”),” AAA Anthropology News/Society for the Anthropology of Religion Section” Anthropology News 54(3)1-3.

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/04/11/indigenous-sacred-places/

 

2014 (April), Feature Article – “Spiritual Ecology: Is it the Ultimate Solution for the Environmental Crisis,” invited for CHOICE 51(8):1339-1342, 1344-1348.

 

2014 (Summer), “Spiritual Ecology: The New Revolution in Consciousness,” invited for Sufi Journal 87:18-23 (http://www.sufijournal.org/les-sponsel).

 

2014, (September-December), “Spiritual Ecology: Is it a Solution for the Environmental Crisis,” invited for Seeds of Peace 30(3):29-31. http://www.inebnetwork.org/images/stories/Text_seedofpeace/sop%20vol30%20no3.pdf.

 

2015 (April 9), “Sacred places are an integral part of the human condition,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, p. A13.  https://sacredmaunakea.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/sponsel-on-sacred-places-star-advertiser-9-april-2014.png

 

2015 (June 22), “Are the Far-sighted Promoters of TMT Myopic?,”   http://sacredmaunakea.com/2015/06/22/the-far-sighted-defenders-of-tmt-are-myopic/

 

2015 (July 10), “What’s Peculiar About the Sacredness of Mauna Kea?,”

http://sacredmaunakea.com/2015/07/10/whats-peculiar-about-the-sacredness-of-mauna-kea/

 

2019 “Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology,” invited Guest Editor, special issue of open access online periodical Religions, (ISSN 2077-1444). Also wrote Introduction. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Religious_Environmental_Activism_Asia.

 

2019 (October 3), “Spiritual Development Deserves Same Status As Economic Development,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, p. A11.

 

 

                                                               Book Chapters

1988, “Buddhism, Ecology and Forests in Thailand,” in Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today’s Challenges in Asia, Australasia, and Oceania, John Dargavel, Kay Dixon, and Noel Semple, eds.  Canberra, Australia: Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Ch. 17, pp. 305-325 (co-author Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel).

 

1993, “The Potential Contribution of Buddhism in Developing an Environmental Ethic for the Conservation of Biodiversity,” (Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel co-author) in Ethics, Religion, and Biodiversity: Relations Between Conservation and Cultural Values, Lawrence S. Hamilton, ed.  Cambridge, U.K.: White Horse Press, Ch. 4, pp. 75-97.

 

1995, “The Role of Buddhism in Creating a More Sustainable Society in Thailand,” in Counting the Costs: Economic Growth and Environmental Change in Thailand, Jonathan Rigg, ed.  Singapore: Institute for Southeast Asia Studies, Ch. 2, pp. 27-46, (co-author Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel).

 

1997 “A Theoretical Analysis of the Potential Contribution of the Monastic Community in Promoting a Green Society in Thailand,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel) in Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Duncan Williams, eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, pp. 45-68.

 

1998, “The Historical Ecology of Thailand: Increasing Thresholds of Human Environmental Impact from Prehistory to the Present,” in Advances in Historical Ecology, William Balee, ed.  New York, NY: Columbia University Press, Ch. 17, pp. 376-404.

 

2001, “Do Anthropologists Need Religion, and Vice Versa?: Adventures and Dangers in Spiritual Ecology,” New Directions in Anthropology and Environment: Intersections, Carole Crumley, ed., Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, Ch. 9, pp.

 

177-200.

 

2001, “Is Indigenous Spiritual Ecology a New Fad?: Reflections from the Historical and Spiritual Ecology of Hawai`i,” invited for Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community, John Grim, ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, pp. 159-174.

 

2001, “Why a Tree is More than a Tree: Reflections on the Spiritual Ecology of Sacred Trees in Thailand,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel), Santi Pracha Dhamma, Sulak Sivaraksa, et al., eds., Bangkok, Thailand: Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute, pp. 364-373.

 

2003, “Buddhist Views of Nature and the Environment” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel), in Nature Across Cultures: Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed., Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 351-371.

 

2003, “Illuminating Darkness: The Monk-Cave-Bat-Ecosystem Complex in Thailand,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel) in Socially Engaged Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sulak Sivaraksa on His 70th Birthday, David W. Chappell, ed., Bangkok, Thailand: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation, pp. 255-269.

 

2011, “The Religion and Environment Interface: Spiritual Ecology in Ecological Anthropology,” in Environmental Anthropology Today, Helen Kopnina, and Elleanore Shoreman, eds., New York, NY: Routledge, Chapter 1, pp. 37-55. 

 

2012, “The Role of Spiritual Ecology in Nonkilling,” in Towards a Nonkilling World: Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Glenn Paige, N. Radhakrishnan, et al., eds., Trivandrum, India: Gandhi Media Centre, pp. 168-194. http://www.nonkilling.org/pdf/nksocieties.pdf

 

2014, “The Role of Spiritual Ecology in Nonkilling,” Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions, Joam Evans and Pradeep Dakhal, eds., Honolulu, HI: Center for Global Nonkilling, pp. 15-34.

 

2014, “Spiritual Ecology as an International Environmental Movement,” in Occupy the Earth: Global Environmental Movements, Liam Leonard and Syra Buryn Kedzior, eds., Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice 15:275-293, New York, NY: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

 

2015, “Sacred Caves of the World: Illuminating Darkness,” in The Changing World Religions Map, Stan Brunn, and Donna A. Gilbreath, eds., New York, NY: Springer, 1:503-522. 

 

2016, “Spiritual Ecology and Radical Environmentalism,” invited for Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology, Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, et al., eds., New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 218-226.

 

2017, “Lynn White, Jr., One Catalyst in the Historical Development of Spiritual Ecology,” invited for Lynn White Retrospective after 50 Years, Todd LaVasseur and Anna Peterson, eds. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, pp. 89-102.

 

2017, “Buddhist Environmentalism,” invited for Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding and Presenting Traditions, Todd Lewis and Gary Delaney DeAngelis, eds., New York, NY: Oxford University Press (chapter co-authored with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel), pp. 318-343.

 

2017 “Spiritual Ecology, Sacred Places and Biodiversity Conservation,” invited for Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology, Helen Kopnina and Eleanor Shoreman-Quimet, eds., New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 132-143.

 

2018, “Love in/of Nature: Biophilia, Topophilia, and Solastalgia,” invited for Love in the Time of Ethnography: Essays on Connection as a Focus and Basis of Research, Lucinda Carspecken, ed., Lanham: Lexington, pp. 17-34.

 

2018, “Spiritual Ecology and Religious Naturalism: Exploring their Interrelationships,” invited for The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism, Donald A. Crosby and Jerome A. Stone, eds., New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 143-155.

 

2020, “Introduction to Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology,” in Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology, Leslie E. Sponsel, invited guest editor, Basel, Switzerland: MDPI Religions, pp. 1-6, https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/11/2/77.

 

 

                                                        Reference Works

1997, “Environment and Nature: Buddhism,” Encyclopaedia of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed.  Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 290-291.

 

2005, Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Bron Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, New York, NY: Continuum, “Anthropology as Source of Nature Religion” 1:96-98, “Caves – Sacred (Thailand)” 1:276-278, “Trees- Sacred (Thailand)” 2:1661-1663.

 

2006, Encyclopedia of Anthropology, H. James Birx, ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, “Animism” 1:80-81, “Religion and Environment” 5:2006-2009.

 

2007, “Animism,” Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, Paul Robbins, General Editor, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications 1:48-49.

 

2007, online Encyclopedia of Earth, Cultler J. Cleveland, et al., eds., Washington, D.C.: National Council for Science and the Environment, Environmental Information Coalition, invited articles on “Religion, Nature and Environment,” and in 2008 “Sacred Places and Biodiversity Conservation,” published at http://www.eoearth.org,

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Religion,_nature_and_environmentalism,

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Sacred_places_and_biodiversity_conservation.

2008, “Buddhism: Environment and Nature,” Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed., The Netherlands: Springer, Second Edition online 1:768-776.

 

2013, “Buddhist Environmentalism” and “Spiritual Ecology,” invited for Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, David A. Leeming, ed., Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 1:214-219, 3:1718-1723.

 

2016, “Buddhism: Environment and Nature,” Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed., The Netherlands: Springer, Third Edition online.

 

2016, “Buddhism and Ecology,” “Sacred Places,” and “Spiritual Ecology,” invited for Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Second Edition), David A. Leeming, ed., Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

 

2016, “Sacred Ecology,” invited for the International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Hilary Callan, ed., London, UK” Wiley-Blackwell.

 

2018, “Spiritual Ecology,” invited for Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Dominick DellaSala, ed., New York, NY: Elsevier, Inc. 4:181-184.

 

2019, “Ecology and Spirituality,” invited for The Oxford  Research Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. John Barton. New York: Oxford University Press. http://oxfordre.com/religion.

 

2019, “Buddhism and Ecology: Theory and Practice,” invited for the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University (Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel, co-author) https://fore.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/BEintroduction-Sponsel.pdf.

 

2020, “Spiritual Ecology,” invited revision for Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, David A. Leeming, ed., Cham: Springer (Third Edition).

 

2020, “Buddhism and Ecology,” invited revision for Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, David A. Leeming, ed., Cham: Springer (Third Edition).

 

                                                                Edited Books

2020, Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology (published by Religions, invited guest editor). http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/2169.

 

                                                           Books (Monographs)

2012, Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers. http://spiritualecology.info

 

2017, L’ecologie spirituelle: Historie d`une revolution tranquille, Lachapelle-sous-Aubenas, France: Editions HOZHONI [French edition of Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution, 2012].

 

                                                                Book Reviews

2012 (June) “Sacred Natural Sites Conserving Nature and Culture, Bas Verschuuren, et al., eds.” Quarterly Review of Biology 87(2):149.

 

2012 (September) “The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience, Gananath Obeyesekere,” CHOICE 50(1):102.

 

2012 (December) “Land and Spirit in Native America, Joy Porter” CHOICE 50(4):713.

 

2012, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail, Susan Power Bratton,” CHOICE 50(6)

 

2013 (January) “Dangerous and Divine: The Secret of the Serpent, Wouter Welling, ed.” CHOICE 50(5):920.

 

2013 (September) “Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation, Gloria Pungetti, Gonzalo Oviedo, and Della Hooke, eds.” Quarterly Review of Biology 88(3):239-240. 

 

2013, “A Monastery In Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism, Caroline Humphrey and Hurelbaatar Ujeed,” CHOICE 51(4).

 

2014 (April), “Animism and the Question of Life,” Istvan Praet,” CHOICE 51(8).

 

2014, “The Handbook of Contemporary Animism, Graham Harvey,” CHOICE 51(10)

 

2014, “Caring for Place: Ecology, Ideology, and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management, E.N. Anderson,” CHOICE 52(1).

 

2014, “Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment, Lucas F. Johnston,” invited for Journal of Ecological Anthropology 17(1):

http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jea/vol17/iss1/1.

http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1160&context=jea.

 

2014, “The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert,” invited for Tipiti: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 12(2):172-177 (Article 13) http://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1193&context=tipiti.

 

2015 (October), “Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism, Mark R. Stoll,” CHOICE 53(2):262.

 

2016 (March), “Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism, Evan Berry,” CHOICE 53(7):1033.

 

2016 (March), “Ancestral Mounds: Vitality and Volatility of Native America, Jay Miller,” CHOICE 53(7):1054.

 

2016, “The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics, Daniel P. Scheid,” CHOICE 53(12).

 

2016, “Spirituality and the State: Managing Nature and Experience in America’s National Park, Kerry Mitchell,” CHOICE 54(2).

 

2016, “Review Essay: Ecology and Religion, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker,” invited for Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 10(1):117-126.

 

2017, “Moral Ecology of a Forest: The Natural History and Maya Post-Conservation, Jose E. Martinez-Reyes,” CHOICE 54(10).

 

2017, “Religion and Resistance in Appalachia: Faith and the Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Joseph D. Witt,” CHOICE 54(10).

 

2017, “Animate Planet, Kath Weston,” CHOICE 55(1).

 

2017, “Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science, Daniel K. Finn, ed.,” CHOICE 55(5).

 

2018, “For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism, Sarah M. Pike,” CHOICE 55(9).

 

2019, “For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism, Sarah M. Pike,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 13(2):243-245.

 

2019, “How Water Makes Us Human: Engagements with the Materiality of Water, Luci Attala,” CHOICE 57(6).

 

2020, “Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia, J.L. Cassaniti,” Advances in Research: Religion in Society 11(1):207-208.

 

2020, “The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia, Johan Elverskogs, and Enlightenment and Gasping City: Mongolian Buddhism at a Time of Environmental Disarray, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko,” joint book review invited for the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 11:207-208.

 

2020, “Genesis: The Deep Origins of Societies, Edward O. Wilson,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (in press).

 

2021, “Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism, David L. Gosling,” CHOICE 58(6).

 

2021, “Ecotheology: A Christian Conversation, Kiara A. Jorgenson and Alan G. Padgett, eds.,” CHOICE (in press).

                                                           

                                                         Reprinted Publications

2004,”Illuminating Darkness: The Monk-Cave-Bat-Ecosystem Complex in Thailand,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel),” in This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, Roger S. Gottlieb, ed., New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 134-144.  (Reprinted from Socially Engaged Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sulak Sivaraaksa, David W. Chappel, ed., 2003, pp. 255-270).

 

2010 “A Theoretical Analysis of the Potential Contribution of the Monastic Community in Promoting a Green Society in Thailand,” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel) in Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Duncan Williams, eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, 1997, pp. 45-68.  Reprinted in Roger S. Gottlieb, ed., 2010, Religion and Environment, New York, NY: Routledge, Chapter 40.

 

2014, “Ecological Noble or Ignoble?,” in Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012, Chapter 3, pp. 21-30. Reprinted in Religions and Environments: A Reader in Religion, Nature and Ecology, Richard Bohannon, New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 93-99.

 

2010 (July), “Enhancing Awareness: Buddhist Solutions for a Future World” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel), Patheos 

http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Enhancing-Awareness-Buddhist-Solutions-for-a-Future-World?offset=0&max=1 (reprinted as an article in Future of Religions as an ebook by Pathos in 2012).

 

 

Author with monk at sacred cave inNorthern Thailand

 

Professor Nukul Ruttanadakul and Dr. Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel

interviewing monk in Southern Thailand