Dr. Stephanie Kaza is the author of Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times; Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume; and Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology. She co-edited with Kenneth Kraft, Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism and recently edited the tribute volume: A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time. She is Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, where she taught classes on religion and ecology, environmental justice, ecofeminism, and unlearning consumerism. Kaza received a prestigious Religion and Science course award from the Templeton Foundation for her course on Buddhism and Ecology.
Dr. Kaza is a long-time practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism, lay ordained by Kobun Chino Ottogawa in the late 1908s, with residential training at Green Gulch Zen Center, California, and further study with Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, and John Daido Loori. She has been a member of the International Christian-Buddhist Theological Encounter group, the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and the American Academy of Religion, and lectures widely on topics of Buddhism and the environment. She currently works on climate issues in Portland, Oregon, where she pursues her love of trees, tides, and deep time.