2013년 11월 18일 월요일

[Quote] The World We Have


THE WORLD WE HAVE

                              A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

by Thich Nhat Hanh



<INTRODUCTION>

                                                       - ALAN WEISMAN


In this new book by Thich Nhat Hanh, 
The world We Have, there is a remarkable corollary, 
called the Sutra on the Son's Flesh. 
Its moral is that if we don't consume 
with mindfulness and compassion,
we will in effect be eating our children.

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 every-thing--survive together. And that will be peace.




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PART 1 : A Collective Awakening

                     CHAPTER ONE : The Bells of Mindfulness


The bells of mindfulness are suunding. All over the Earth, 
we are experiencing floods, droughts, and massive wildfires. 
Sea ice is melting in the Arctic and hurricanes and heat waves are killing thousands. 
The forests are fast disappearing, the deserts are growing, 
species are becoming extinct every day, 
and yet we continue to consume, ignoring the ringing bells.

All of us know that our beautiful green planet is in danger. 
Our way of walking on the Earth has a great influence on animals and plants. 
Yet we act as if our daily lives have nothing to do with the condition of the world. 
We are like sleepwalkers, not knowing what we are doing or where we are heading. 
Whether we can wake up or not depends on whether we can walk mindfully 
on our Mohter Earth. The future of all life, including our own, 
depends on our mindful steps. We have to hear the bells of mindfulness 
that are sounding all across our planet. 
We have to start learning how to live in a way 
that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren.

Buddhism is the strongest form of humanism we have. 
It can help us learn to live with responsibility, compassion, and loving kindness. 
Every Buddhist practitioner should be a protector of the environment. 
We have the power to decide the destiny of our planet. 
If we awaken to our true situation, there will be a change in our collective consciousness. 
We have to do something to wake people up. 
We have to help the Buddha to wake up the people who are living in a dream.



       [Book Information : amazon.com]


THE WORLD WE HAVE : 
A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology                      
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Copyright ⓒ 2008 by Unified Buddhist Church, Inc.




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