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With Kara Moses, a grassroots climate activist, freelance journalist, Triratna mitra, and one of the Heathrow13 that narrowly escaped prison this year for a peaceful blockade of Heathrow’s runway. Two major branches of Buddhism are generally recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). The dictionary defines a parasol as an umbrella used for protection from the sun. They are sacred spirits which take the form of things and concepts important to life, such as wind, rain, mountains, trees, rivers and fertility.

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Publisher: Shambhala Publishers; Revised ed. edition (July 23, 2002)

ISBN: 1570629102

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