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World As Lover, World As Self - Joanna Macy

World As Lover, World As Self

Paperback Published: 28th October 2007
ISBN: 9781888375718
Number Of Pages: 208

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This overview of Joanna Macy's innovative work combines deep ecology, general systems theory, and the Buddha's teachings on interdependent co-arising. A blueprint for social change, World as Lover, World as Self shows how we can reverse the destructive attitudes that threaten our world, with concrete suggestions on how to address "An Inconvenient Truth".

The essays are based on the Buddha's teachings of "Paticca samuppada" (interdependent co-arising). Reduced to deceptively simple terms this says that everything in the world- every object, feeling, emotion, and action is influenced by a huge, all-inclusive web of factors. Any change in the condition of any one thing in this web affects everything else by virtue of interconnectedness. It makes World as Lover World as Self a quintessential guide for those readers who want to integrate their Buddhist practice with concerns for social issues like global warming. It also breaches the dualities that have haunted much of both Eastern and Western thought, namely the dichotomies between mind/body, humanity/nature, reason/emotion, self/world, science/spirituality.

The premise is that self-centeredness, and modern individualisms are ultimately destructive for the environment. We are not individuals separate from the world. Instead we are always "co-arising" or co-creating the world, and we cannot escape the consequence of what we do to the environment. Joanna Macy presents a re-focusing on the beauty of the natural world as personally nourishing and replenishment as one way to move away from our self-centeredness. For this revised edition the author will be adding some chapters as well as removing others. The new ones will deal largely with her new work around the "Great Turning" that will add a somewhat more visionary, future-oriented, and strategic dimension to the book. World as Lover, World as Self shows us how to realize that the earth is an extension of ourselves and how to discover the knowledge, authority and courage to respond creatively to the crises of our time. Foreword Thich Nhat Hanh

Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Harvesting Wisdom from the Past
World as Lover, World as Selfp. 17
It's All Connectedp. 30
Self and Societyp. 42
Karma: The Co-arising of Doer and Deedp. 53
Mother of All Buddhasp. 61
Cultivating the Present
Gratitudep. 75
The Bestiaryp. 87
Despair Workp. 91
Faith, Power, and Ecologyp. 103
Three Lessons in Compassionp. 113
The Shambhala Warriorsp. 120
Taking Heart: Spiritual Practices for Activistsp. 123
Sowing Seeds for the Future
The Great Turningp. 139
The Greening of the Selfp. 148
Perseverance for the Long Haul: A Dharma Lesson from Tibetp. 159
To Reinhabit Timep. 171
In League with the Beings of the Futurep. 191
Reference Notesp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 207
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ISBN: 9781888375718
ISBN-10: 188837571X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th October 2007
Publisher: Parallax Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2