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Teachings of the Earth: Zen and the Environment (Dharma Communications)

Teachings of the Earth: Zen and the Environment (Dharma Communications) [Kindle Edition]

John Daido Loori
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According to Zen teaching, everything in the universe exists interdependently, so valuing the welfare of one being over another, or of humans over the planet, makes no sense at all. This teaching, which can empower us to care passionately about the earth and its future, is not only a Zen principle, it’s something that comes up for anyone who carefully investigates the nature of reality. It’s a lesson found everywhere we look in nature. And the idea is also found in writings by figures as diverse as Lao Tzu, Walt Whitman, Hermann Hesse, and Henry David Thoreau. John Daido Loori reveals the underlying environmental ethic animating these teachings and shows how it can be a wellspring for our appreciation of the earth in the new millennium.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1075 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; 1st Shambhala Ed edition (10 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098PZTYK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #877,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for Buddhists who like nature 26 Aug 2009
This is nice, short, easy read about the parallels between Zen and deep ecology. It mentions the problems of environmental science in the way it seeks to divide everything up and classify it according to it's difference from everything else which is separate. It gives a brief overview of the heart sutra and talks a little about master Dogen and Gary Snyder's thoughts as well as generally discussing the wholeness of reality and existence. Very beautifully written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We ARE the World! 26 Dec 2009

This is one of the best examples of the Philosophy of the (inter)connectedness of all phenomena, written in an appropriately down to Earth way, and not just for 'Buddhists' or Zazen meditators.

With just homage to Whitman and Thoreau, as well as reference to the old Zen masters, this book is an engaging and insightful piece of contemporary American literature by an enlightened human being.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulous eye opening and spirit driven book 22 Oct 2013
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If you want to envelope yourself with writings about the environment and Buddhism and our responsibility to sustaining it and therefore the people that inhabit it--this is the book to add to your library. One quote: "In engaging Zen training with an eye on its relationship to ecological concerns, we ask the question, 'Where does the earth end and where do I begin?' We study the practice of survival: survival in and of the mountains, the forests, the rivers, the cities; survival of the individual and of the human species, of the community and the family, and, indeed survival of this great earth itself." This is not a book of simple poetry and prose, but of ways that we, as individuals, can change the planet and ourselves in the process. Happy reading!
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