World as Lover, World as Self: A Guide to Living Fully in Turbulent times

World as Lover, World as Self: A Guide to Living Fully in Turbulent times

by Joanna Macy

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209300
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 10/09/2003
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 704,587
File size: 311 KB

About the Author

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is one of the best know spiritual activist in this country. She is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Her group methods have been adopted and adapted widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. The author of 10 previous books Mrs. Macy travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Stephanie Kaza     7
Introduction     11
Harvesting Wisdom from the Past
World as Lover, World as Self     17
It's All Connected     30
Self and Society     42
Karma: The Co-arising of Doer and Deed     53
Mother of All Buddhas     61
Cultivating the Present
Gratitude     75
The Bestiary     87
Despair Work     91
Faith, Power, and Ecology     103
Three Lessons in Compassion     113
The Shambhala Warriors     120
Taking Heart: Spiritual Practices for Activists     123
Sowing Seeds for the Future
The Great Turning     139
The Greening of the Self     148
Perseverance for the Long Haul: A Dharma Lesson from Tibet     159
To Reinhabit Time     171
In League with the Beings of the Future     191
Reference Notes     203
Acknowledgments     207

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kukulaj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of essays that do a good job of spanning Macy's main work. Most of these essays are reprinted, sometimes with modification, from other sources, including other books of Macy as well as other essay collection, journals, etc. There are a few essays here original to this book. A few others come from reasonably obscure places. So even if you have a pretty good Green Buddhism collection, you probably won't have too much duplication.I can see Macy's work, as presented here, spread nicely across the three trainings of Buddhism: wisdom, ethics, and meditation. The conceptual foundation of her work is interdependent origination, which she connects to systems theory. There is a section of five essays here that summarize her thinking in this area, which was more extensively presented in her superlative Mutual Causality book. Macy's work with the Sarvodaya group in Sri Lanka is an excellent example of ethical action. I've always wondered how this group's work intersects with the long civil war between Buddhists and Tamil Hindus. Macy touches on this topic which at least gave me a starting perspective. I wonder if the Transition Town movement has interacted much with the Sarvodaya folks.Macy presents here a short but representative selection of Deep Ecology meditation practices. I think the biggest difference between these and traditional Buddhist practices such as tonglen is that the Deep Ecology practices stretch more into the deep past and future.