Compassionate Eating


We invite you to learn how to choose and prepare food that supports your commitment to a compassionate world. This way of eating cares well for the planet, for our animal brothers and sisters, and for our health.

Plant-Powered Earth Holders are members of the Earth Holder Sangha who offer support to those who wish to explore, and perhaps move toward, a compassionate, more plant-centered diet. We hope these recipes, nutrition guides, and other resources help you in this important journey.

Next Quarterly Online Sangha Meeting: October 21st

Join members of the Plant-Powered Earth Holders for live video calls four times a year. Our next online sangha meeting will be Saturday, October 21st,  at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific Time. We will do dharma sharing and discuss cooking, shopping, health, the environment, and other aspects of plant-based eating. Details on joining calls will be emailed to Earth Holder members before each call.

Happy Summer Eating!plant-powered dinner with grilled tofu, peppers, onions, and Brussels sprouts

Summer is a time when Mother Earth presents an abundance of delicious, colorful plant foods that may be combined in a vast array of luscious recipes. The Plant-Powered Earth Holders have prepared a new set of Summer Recipes for fresh salads, grilled tofu or eggplant, and a fruit salad. They have also provided some valuable tips for enjoying healthy summer eating, at home or on-the-go.



  • Nutrition video: The Myths of Protein – Learn why our bodies need protein and other nutrients, how much protein is enough, and the best sources in this video from Plant-Powered Earth Holder member Dr. Joaquin Carral.
  • Protein in vegetables and grains – Spinach is 50% protein, more than salmon!
  • Ask a Plant-Powered Doc – Have questions about plant-based diets and health? Ask Aurora and Joaquin, who are both plant-based physicians. They work in primary care and have helped many of their patients switch to a plant-based diet. With this change they have witnessed great improvements in their patients with diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and pain, among many other health issues. Earth Holder members may e-mail them at

Compassion and Environment

What we eat has a big impact on our planet. Learn more and take action:

Invite your sangha to take action too:

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Call for Compassionate Eating

In his famous 2007 Blue Cliff Letter, Thay wrote:
Lay communities should be courageous and give rise to the commitment to be vegetarian, at least 15 days each month. If we can do that, we will feel a sense of well-being. We will have peace, joy, and happiness right from the moment we make this vow and commitment.
 We only need to be vegetarian, and we can already save the earth. Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.
As a spiritual family and a human family, we can all help avert climate change with the practice of mindful eating. Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to stop climate change.
Being vegetarian is already enough to save the world.