The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his new book how a Buddhist approach could benefit ecology.
The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has turned his attention to how Buddhism could help ecology.
There is something extraordinarily child-like about the 84-year-old Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.
To portray him out of context could make him appear naive and unworldly. It is therefore understandable that he does not like to be interviewed by journalists who have not already spent some time in his presence and meditated with him. The Daily Mirror was interested in running a piece only if they could get a picture of him with a major celebrity, which is not particularly helpful since he believes fame is one of the key paths to suffering.
Our civilization has collectively sleep-walked itself into a totally unsustainable position, one that is in large measure a death trap for ourselves and other species. The deeper we dig ourselves into this hole, the fewer escape routes remain. The systems and structures we have created are funneling us towards a vanishing point that is now becoming clear to many, just as the machine begins to fail.
Even in the face of this awesome possibility, however, we must recognize the power of the human spirit, especially...
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I wept and said: "Is this the law of Jesus,
This terrible devouring sword turning every way?"
He answer'd: "Jesus died because He strove
Against the current of this Wheel: its name
Is Caiaphas, the dark Preacher of Death,
Of sin, of sorrow, and of punishment,
These days humanity finds itself at the center of an enormous converging crisis. A wide variety of global-scale problems in ecology, energy and economics are joining forces before our eyes to threaten a massive disruption of the human experience. Inevitably we ask ourselves the question, "How on earth did this happen to us?"
I find metaphors to be very helpful in thinking about this...
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SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Thousands of Hindu pilgrims chanted hymns as they trudged on Sunday to a cave shrine deep in the Himalayas, undeterred by reports that a naturally formed ice stalagmite they worship as symbol of Lord Shiva was melting.