World as Lover, World as Self (Paperback)
A Guide to Living Fully in Turbulent times
Parallax Press, 9781888375718, 208pp.
Publication Date: October 9, 2003
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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
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Praise For World as Lover, World as Self: A Guide to Living Fully in Turbulent times…
"This book ... invites readers into a thriving community of people who, like me, have been transformed by Joanna Macy's thought and practice." --Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case For a Green New Deal
"She was an environmentalist before that term was on every tongue.... Joanna Macy has come to embody a singular clarity of vision about the totality of what it means to be human--at this moment in time. Her wild love for the world is a beacon to us all." --Krista Tippett, host of On Being
"Joanna Macy is one of the planet's treasures." --Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?