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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinarily timely work., 31 Oct 2000
This review is from: Mutual Causality in Buddihism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Natural Systems (Suny Series, Buddhist Studies) (SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies) (Paperback)
As the title implies this book deals both with Buddhism and General Systems theory. The author has sensed a compatibility between the two and developed her theme exploring both in the context of each other in a rich and fruitful way. She emphasises the dynamic and interconnected nature of both systems of thought and their application and relevance to both everyday daily activity and choices as well as to the most profound philosophical and existential dilemas that we face in the world today.
Macey is passionately aware of environmental problems and their roots, she uses Systems theory and the Buddhist conception of interconnectedness to understand them more deeply by examining the very process of how we and our experience are part of the general system earth or universe. In this way she leaves us with a sense of our relatedness to our environment which we can ignore only at great risk to our conscious integrity. To do damage to our world is to damage ourselves.
A short review can not do justice to the sense of journey that one makes when reading this highly readable book.
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