A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-01
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Never before have so many teachers from all Buddhist traditions - Zen, Vajrayana, Theravada, Vipassana; from the West and the East - come together to offer a unified response to a matter of utmost urgency. This watershed volume is at the same time a clarion call to action and a bright beacon of hope.

With contributions from: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Sakya Trizin, Dudjom Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Ato Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Robert Aitken, Joanna Macy, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joseph Goldstein, Taigen Dan Leighton, Susan Murphy, Matthieu Ricard, Hozan Alan Senauke, Lin Jensen, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Author Biography

John Stanley, PhD, is a biologist who has led research groups in Canada, Switzerland, and the UK. He has held both university and government positions. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

David R. Loy's previous books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati's Xavier University.

Gyurme Dorje holds a PhD in Tibetan Literature and an MA in Sanskrit with Oriental Studies. From 1991 to 1996 he held research fellowships at London University, where he worked on the Encyclopaedic Tibetan-English Dictionary. He has written, edited, translated and contributed to numerous books on Tibetan culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Buddhadharma and the Planetary Crisisp. 3
Overview of the Bookp. 15
Mind, Heart, and Nature: The Fourteenth Dalai Lamap. 19
Universal Responsibility and the Climate Emergencyp. 21
The Sheltering Tree of Interdependence: A Buddhist Monk's Reflections on Ecological Responsibilityp. 24
Global Warming Science: A Buddhist Approachp. 33
Climate, Science, and Buddhismp. 35
Our Own Geological Epoch: The Anthropocenep. 37
"The celestial order disrupted loosens plague, famine, and war..."p. 43
Climate Breakdown at the Third Pole: Tibetp. 47
The Road from Denial to Agricultural Collapsep. 53
The Peak Oil Factorp. 57
Scientific Predictions of Ecological Karmap. 59
The Sixth Great Extinctionp. 63
What Makes Us Do It?p. 67
A Safe-Climate Futurep. 71
Asian Buddhist Perspectivesp. 75
Preface: The Meaning of Aspirational Prayerp. 77
Pure Aspiration, Bodhisattva Activity, and a Safe-Climate Futurep. 81
The Global Ecological Crisis: An Aspirational Prayerp. 87
The Mandala of the Four Energies in the Kaliyugap. 93
A Prayer to Protect the Earthp. 96
A Prayer at a Time of Ecological Crisisp. 101
When Snow Mountains Wear Black Hatsp. 105
An Aspirational Prayer to Avert Global Warmingp. 112
A Prayer to Protect the World's Environmentp. 115
Human Intelligence Without Wisdom Can Destroy Naturep. 119
The Bodhisattva Path at a Time of Crisisp. 127
Very Dangerous Territoryp. 137
A New Meaning of Chu ("Beings") and No ("Environment") Has Emergedp. 141
Minimum Needs and Maximum Contentmentp. 147
Western Buddhist Perspectivesp. 155
The Voice of the Golden Goosep. 157
Woe Unto Us!p. 173
On Being with Our Worldp. 177
"Except as we have loved, All news arrives as from a distant land"p. 181
Now the Whole Planet Has Its Head on Firep. 187
The Untellable Nonstory of Global Warmingp. 195
The Future Doesn't Hurt... Yetp. 203
The World Is What You Make It: A Zen View of Global Responsibilityp. 209
The Rising Temperature of Planet Earthp. 217
Solutionsp. 223
Clarity, Acceptance, Altruism: Beyond the Climate of Denialp. 225
A Renewable Futurep. 235
Five Transformative Powersp. 241
The End of Energy Wastep. 249
Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Enginep. 251
Tradable Energy Quotasp. 253
Drawing Down Carbon with Biocharp. 255
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Meat Industryp. 257
Ending Deforestationp. 259
Reforesting the Earthp. 261
The Bells of Mindfulnessp. 263
Afterwordp. 269
Endorsement of a Safe Level for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: The Dalai Lamap. 271
What's Next?p. 275
Notes on Translationsp. 279
Referencesp. 281
About the Editorsp. 291
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