Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence: The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change

Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence: The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change


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Powerful conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading scientists on the most pressing issue of our time.

Engage with leading scientists, academics, ethicists, and activists, as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa, who gathered in Dharamsala, India, for the twenty-third Mind and Life conference to discuss arguably the most urgent questions facing humanity today:

  • What is happening to our planet?
  • What can we do about it?
  • How do we balance the concerns of people against the rights of animals and against the needs of an ecosystem?
  • What is the most skillful way to enact change?
  • And how do we fight on, even when our efforts seem to bear no fruit?

Inspiring, edifying, and transformative, this should be required reading for any citizen of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614294948
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 581,538
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John D. Dunne holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a recently endowed position in the Center for Healthy Minds and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He attended Amherst College and in 1999 received his PhD in Sanskrit and Tibetan studies from Harvard University. Before being appointed in his current position, John was a professor at Emory University, where he helped to establish the Collaborative for Contemplative Studies (now the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics). He also previously held research positions at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. He is a fellow and former member of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute. His academic work includes teaching and advising for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. He frequently serves as a translator for Tibetan scholars, and as a consultant, he is involved in various scientific studies of contemplative practices.

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist, and a cofounder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Dan attended Amherst College and received his doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, where he later was a visiting lecturer. A science journalist, he covered the brain and behavioral sciences for the New York Times for many years. Dan is the author of more than a dozen books, including the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and he is the coauthor of Primal Leadership. He has moderated several Mind and Life meetings with the Dalai Lama and was editor of the proceedings of two: Healing Emotions: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama (Shambhala, 1996) and Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them? (Bantam Books, 2003). To honor the eightieth birthday of the Dalai Lama, Dan wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lamas’s Vision for Our World (Bantam Books, 2015).

Table of Contents

Introduction John Dunne University of Wisconsin 1

1 Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence Daniel Goleman Mind and Life Institute 9

2 The Science of Climate Change Diana Liverman University of Arizona 13

3 The Ethical Burden of Climate Change Jonathan Patz University of Michigan 51

4 Footprint to Handprint: The Science of Measuring Impact and Making a Difference Gregory Norris Harvard School of Public Health 81

5 Ethics and the Environment Clare Palmer Texas A&M University 109

6 The Uncomfortable Truth: On the Treatment of Animals Matthieu Ricard Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu 129

7 Religion's Responsibility Sallie McFague University of British Columbia 137

8 The Dalai Lama Responds Group Discussion 157

9 The Influencers of Choice and Decision Making Elke Weber Columbia University 177

10 From Motivation to Action: A Buddhist View Thupten Jinpa Institute of Tibetan Classics 201

11 Presence and Action Are Needed His Holiness The Seventeenth Karmapa 223

12 Environmental Activism: Strategies and Ethics for Today's World Dekila Chungyalpa World Wildlife Fund 237

13 Solutions for a Sustainable World Group Discussion 265

14 Appreciation and Thanks Group Discussion 285

Afterword Daniel Goleman Mind and Life Institute 291

Bibliography 303

Image Credits 305

Index 307

About the Editors 332

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