Related Publications

Bodhi tree leaves (Ficus religiosa)

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://egj.lib.uidaho.edu/index.php/egj/article/viewArticle/3202/3169
  • 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.   http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/air-rs/
  • 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):        .  http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/04/11/indigenous-sacred-places/
  •  2014 (April), invited Feature Article – “Spiritual Ecology: Is it the Ultimate Solution for the Environmental Crisis,” CHOICE 51(8):1339-1342, 1344-1348.
  • 2014 (Summer), invited Feature Article – “Spiritual Ecology: The New Revolution in Consciousness,”  Sufi Journal 87:18-23 (http://www.sufijournal.org/les-sponsel).

 

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).
  • 1991, “Nonviolent Ecology: The Possibilities of Buddhism,” in Buddhism and Nonviolent Global Problem-Solving: Ulan Bator Explorations, Glenn D. Paige and  Sarah Gilliatt, eds.  Honolulu, HI: Center for Global Nonviolence and Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, pp. 139-150.
  • 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. http://www.earthscape.org/r3/ES14449/balee.html
  •  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 Role of Spiritual Ecology in Nonkilling,” in Towards a Nonkilling World: Festschift in Honor of Prof. Glenn D. Paige, N. Radhakrishnan, et al., ed.,Trivandrum, India: Gandhi Media Center, pp. 168-194.
  • 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, “Teaching Buddhist Ecology and Environmentalism,” in Teaching Buddhism, Gary Delaney DeAngelis and Todd Lewis, eds., New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011 (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel)(in press).
  • 2012, “Sacred Caves of the World: Illuminating Darkness,” in The Changing World Religions Map, Stan Brunn, ed., New York, NY: Springer (in press).

 

Encyclopedia Dictionary Articles

  • 1997, Encyclopaedia of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed.  Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, “Environment and Nature: Buddhism” pp. 290-291.
  • 2005, Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Bron Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, New York, NY: Continuum, “Amazonia” 1:37-40, “Anthropologists” 1:94-96, “Anthropology as Source of Nature Religion” 1:96-98, “Biodiversity” 1:179-182, “Caves – Sacred (Thailand)” 1:276-278, “Ecological Anthropology” 1:544-548, “Noble Savage and Ecologically Noble Savage” 2:1210-1212, “Rainforests(Central and South America)” 2:1338-1340, “Southeast Asia” 2:1582-1585, “Trees- Sacred (Thailand)” 2:1661-1663, and “Yanomami” 2:1778-1779.
  • 2006, Encyclopedia of Anthropology, H. James Birx, ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, “Animism” 1:80-81, “Religion and Environment” 5:2006-2009.
  • 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 “Ecological Anthropology,” “Religion, Nature and Environment,” and in 2008 “Sacred Places and Biodiversity Conservation,” published at http://www.eoearth.org
  •  2008, Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Helaine Selin, ed., The Netherlands: Springer, Second Edition online, “Buddhism: Environment and Nature” (with Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel) 1:768-776″
  • 2013, “Buddhist Environmentalism” and “Spiritual Ecology,” invited for Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, D. Leeming, ed., Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Websites

2013 (October 1), “Leslie Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Connection, and Environmental Change,” Anthropology and Environment Society Engagement Blog   http://www.aaanet.org/sections/ae/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/

 

In preparation

  • Natural Wisdom: Meditations on Buddhist Ecology from Thailand [book].

Book Reviews

  • 2007, “Indigenous Peoples’ Wisdom and Power: Affirming Our Knowledge Through Narratives, Julian E. Kunnie and Nomalungeol I. Goduka, eds.” Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 11(3):353-356.
  • 2010 (December) “Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man, Lee Gilmore,” CHOICE 48(4):732.
  • 2011 (April) “Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path: Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape, Leslie Main Johnson,” CHOICE 48(8):1529.
  • 2012 (June)  “An Unreal Estate: Sustainability & Freedom in an Evolving Community, Lucinda Carspecken, ” CHOICE 49(10):1971.
  • 2012 (June) “Sacred Natural Sites Conserving Nature and Culture, Bas Verschuuren, et al.” 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.
  • 2013 (January) “Dangerous and Divine: The Secret of the Serpent, Wouter Welling, ed. CHOICE 50(5):920.
  • 2012 “The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief on a Long-Distance Hiking Path, Susan Power Bratton,” CHOICE.
  • 2013 (April) “An Ecology of Happiness, Eric Lambin” CHOICE
  • 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 (November), “Beyond Nature and Culture, Philippe Descola,” CHOICE.
  • 2014 (April), “Animism and the Question of Life,” Istvan Praet,” CHOICE.
  • 2014, “Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment, Lucas F. Johnston,” Journal of Ecological Anthropology (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.
  • 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