World We Have : A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

World We Have : A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology


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In this provocative book, noted Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of a planet overheated by rapidly disappearing fossil fuels, degraded by massive overconsumption, and besieged by unsupportable population growth. Hanh finds answers to these critical problems in the Buddhist teaching of the impermanence of all things. He demonstrates how this teaching can offer inner peace and help us use our collective wisdom and technology to restore the Earth's balance. Mixing inspiring insights with practical strategies, Hanh cites projects his own monastic community has undertaken that can serve as models for any community. Both his " No Car Day," observed once a week, and the "Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet" can impact our ecological footprint on the Earth. Above all, he shows how acceptance of problems is that first critical step toward a deeper understanding of the best way to care for our Earth.

Includes Thich Nhat Hanh’s speech at UNESCO from October 2006 introducing his proposal for a global "No Car Day."

Foreword by Alan Weisman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888375886
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 688,390
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France,his meditation and retreat center in France, where he teaches the art of mindful living.

Alan Weisman is the author of five books, including The World Without Us, an international bestseller translated into more than thirty languages, and Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World. His reports from around the world have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Wilson Quarterly, Mother Jones, Discover; and on National Public Radio and in Best American Science Writing. He is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions, and leads an annual field program in international journalism at the University of Arizona, where he is Laureate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.

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World We Have : A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This extended essay outlines a Buddhist philosophical foundation for social justice and environmental activism. The book seeks to dispel illusions about reality, and is explicit about its premise that one can't produce good results as an advocate if one's thinking about the world is confused. The writing is simple, direct, and profound. Some of the core ideas that seem empirically true to the author -- such as the notion that we are all one being and that the self doesn't really exist -- do not match my experiences. On the other hand, Hanh's argument that activists need to acknowledge the impermanence of everyone and everything we cherish did resonate for me. Although I'm politically liberal, the impulses that drive me to advocate for the environment are profoundly conservative: I don't want the world to change in ways that destroy places, animals, or people I love. Hanh observes that to be a compassionate and effective advocate, one must first acknowledge that, along with ourselves, all of Nature and all our interpersonal relationships are impermanent, and will ultimately pass away. He's right that becoming reconciled to this truth can free us from a great burden.
mrs.starbucks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm being generous only because he rallied towards the end and said a few things that added to my perspective. The rest was extremely predictable and I felt like he was either insulting MY intelligence or I had severely overestimated him.