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The World We Have

A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology
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Paperback Book
August, 2008
$17.50 CAD
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In this provocative book, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of a planet and links his contemplation of environmental destruction to the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and the impermanence of all things. Rather than seeing impermanence as an excuse for disengaging from the world, he argues passionately how engaging with the world can bring inner peace and help us use our collective wisdom and technology to restore the earth’s balance.

Hanh writes heartfully on themes such as a global ethic, diet for a mindful planet, nature and nonviolence, overcoming fear, and transforming our communities, and provides a number of very potent “practices for mindful living.”

The bells of mindfulness are sounding… All of us know that our beautiful green planet is in danger… We have to start learning how to live in a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren.

Mixing inspiring insights with his unique practical strategies, Hanh cites projects his own monastic community has undertaken that can serve as models for any community. Both his “No Car Day,” observed once a week, and the “Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet” can impact our ecological footprint on the earth. Above all, he shows how acceptance of problems is that first critical step toward a deeper understanding of the best way to care for our earth.

To practice mindfulness and look deeply into the nature of things is to discover their true nature, the nature of interbeing. We find peace and can generate the strength we need in order to be in touch with everything. With this understanding, we can easily sustain the work of loving and caring for the Earth and for each other for a long time.

Offering a clear vision of the road ahead and modeling the conviction and courage that we will need to stay on that path, The World We Have also features an introduction by Alan Weisman, author of the bestselling The World Without Us, in which he writes, “The environment unites every human, of every nation and creed. If we fail to save it, we all perish. If we rise to meet the need, we and all to which ecology binds us—other humans, other species, other everything—survive together. And that will be peace.”

Among Thich Nhat Hanh’s many great books are Peace is Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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Noted Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of a planet besieged by overconsumption, depleted resources, and global warming and offers answers to these critical problems through the Buddhist teaching of the impermanence of all things.

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