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The World We Have: a Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology by Thich Nhat Hanh

images“Only when we combine environmentalism with spiritual practice, will we find the tools to make the profound personal transformations needed to address the planetary crisis” writes Melvin McLeod in his recommendation for reading The World we have: a Buddhist approach to Peace and Ecology  by Thich Nhat Hanh. This tiny book (141 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches) addresses the need for awakening, action, and practice.  Hanh includes much that is practical as well as spiritual, noting the ecological practices his own meditation community in France has implemented.  His vision of a scourged world that will develop without action, is as dramatic as that presented by many climate scientists.  As you would expect in a treatise imbued with Buddhist values, Hanh also includes a chapter titled “Caring for the Environmentalist”.   The book’s final section includes mindfulness practices, and an Earth Peace Treaty and commitment list that would empower any reader to take the beginning steps to thoughtful living.

Amy P.

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