Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking

Stephanie Kaza, Author
Stephanie Kaza, Author Shambhala Publications $14 (160p) ISBN 978-1-59030-583-6
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Kaza, a biologist and professor of Environmental Studies at University of Vermont, combines Zen Buddhist practices and teachings with her 40 years as an environmentalist for this guide to enlightened environmentalism, proposing a belief in the interdependence of people and nature as the genuine way to ""go green"": ""When we come to see ourselves as part of the green web of life... we are naturally drawn to respond with compassion."" In three parts, she guides readers through the principles of Buddhism as they apply to taking responsible action toward the earth: reducing harm, understanding suffering, seeing the big picture, letting go of desire and being in the moment. In parts two and three, she advises practical steps for joining in and taking action in everyday life and community. Kaza's measured, focused text and clear command of Buddhism and ecology should shore up convictions and commitment in the newly green, and help secular environmentalists connect with their spiritual side.
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