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Love Letter to the Earth [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh
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Book Description

Love Letter to the Earth is Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s passionate appeal for ecological mindfulness and the strengthening of our relationship to the Earth. Rejecting the conventional economic approach, Nhat Hanh shows that mindfulness and a spiritual revolution are needed to protect nature and limit climate change.
While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping point. He believes that we need to move beyond the concept of the "environment," as it leads people to experience themselves and Earth as two separate entities and to see the planet only in terms of what it can do for them. Thich Nhat Hanh points to the lack of meaning and connection in peoples' lives as being the cause of our addiction to consumerism. He deems it vital that we recognize and respond to the stress we are putting on the Earth if civilization is to survive.

Love Letter to the Earth is a hopeful book that gives us a path to follow by showing that change is possible only with the recognition that people and the planet are ultimately one and the same.

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"Love Letter To The Earth persuasively holds that our personal and collective happiness and well being are integrally dependent on the health of the planet, the soundness of the ecosystems that comprise our world, and the necessity of a mindfulness-based spirituality in order to limit the damage we inflict upon the world we to which we are so dependent. Articulate and thoroughly 'reader friendly', Love Letter To The Earth is highly recommended reading, especially for non-specialist general readers with an interest in environmental issues and in Buddhist thought."—The Midwest Book Review

“We have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. Our own life has to be our message.” - Thich Nhat Hanh in A Love Letter To The Earth

"Thich Nhat Hanh addresses the root cause of the environmental crisis and, in doing so, offers a roadmap to an entirely new dream of the Earth." — Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society, author of The Serpent and the Rainbow

"Thich Nhat Hanh makes an eloquent, uplifting, and urgent call to recognize that our health and happiness are inextricably tied to Mother Earth and all of our kin, the other species that make up the web of life. We need this great wisdom if we are to move from our destructive path." — David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance

"In this clear-eyed, loving paean, Thich Nhat Hanh illuminates both our connection and our responsibility to the beautiful planet we call home." — Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, author of Coming Clean

"Understanding our unbreakable connection to the abstraction we call 'the environment' really is the first step to sensible action. In that sense, this is a very practical book!" — Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known Zen Buddhist teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include The World We Have and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village, in Southwest France, where he gardens, writes and teaches the art of mindful living.

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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (June 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6U186S
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep ecology July 16, 2013
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Where to start? Maybe by saying thank you, Thay.

Thich Nhat Hanh realizes that we can't mitigate our ecological predicament with more technology, or by buying stuff no matter how "green." Instead, we need to fundamentally change the way we relate to ourselves, to each other, and to the Earth. We must come home to the Earth. It is time to realize that not only are we in nature all the time, we are nature. There is no separation between us and the Earth. The Earth made us from herself over billions of years, and sustains us every day with food, water, and air.

The way to realize this connection is through mindfulness. Mindfulness is "a nonjudgmental awareness of all that is happening inside us and around us." Mindfulness means being wholly present with whoever you're with, or whatever you're doing. Not planning for the future, or rolling in the past, or wanting something you don't have. Mindfulness is cultivated by simply observing the breath and the body, both during meditation and during every daily task. In this way we begin to realize that everything we need to be happy is right here. We begin to realize that everything is transient, and transforms from one form to another. When we take this simple and concrete action, not only do we we gradually bring our lives into alignment with the needs of the Earth, we become happier.

Thich Nhat Hanh's writing, as always, is so simple, and full of compassion and insight. For example: "A bodhisattva is a living being who has happiness, awakening, understanding, and love.... Anyone who cultivates love and offers a lot of happiness to others is a bodhisattva. When we look at our planet, we know that the Earth is the most beautiful bodhisattva of all. Don't search for a bodhisattva in your imagination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to love the Earth and not be transfixed by disaster. September 13, 2013
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Thich Nhat Hanh
Love Letter to the Earth
Parallax Press, 2013

Like Joanna Macy's book 'Active Hope', this is an essential text for any activist or student of ecology who seeks to find a way to look clearly at the damage we've done and the peril we're in, without giving way to despair. It seems to me that books like this one may provide an essential balance. Otherwise we risk being transfixed by disaster, both ongoing and imminent.

If we have a chance of survival -- real survival, as a culture and not just as a few remnants of human scavengers focused on brute survival - we must transform our thinking in the most fundamental ways, clear down to the optical illusion of separateness, the delusion that we are separate from each other and the Earth. What we must do will simply not be possible if we continue to see the Earth as "our environment", as something "out there". As Thich Nhat Hanh writes, "The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us."

I am fed up with the way most spiritual books avert from their eyes from catastrophe. It seems to me that many so-called spiritual books are primarily interested in pulling the blinds and cranking the air conditioning. They are like delightful little packets of bubble soap: something in which to soak while awaiting the end of the Earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh "gets it". He sees what we've done and what we go on doing. He sees the full extent of the harm and the danger - and he shows that it is possible to see all of this and remain not only able to act, but even able to experience joy. Peace and happiness remain possible - even in full view of the situation and the possibilities. That's stunning.

If you are seeking ways to see and serve the Earth without falling apart, this is a book you'll be needing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom September 27, 2013
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As a "closet Buddhist", professional "environmentalist" for 35 years (biologist and public lands manager), and citizen of the universes, there are tips on how to respect the Earth, and our own connection to all elements of the universes, as "we" are more deeply a part of that whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A leading voice in modern spirituality September 22, 2013
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Thich Nhat Hahn is a living treasure. Nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize, Thich has devoted his life to bringing compassion and awareness to bare upon human suffering. In this book he emphasizes our primary relationship with our original womb, Mother Earth. For Thich, this relationship is critical given the overwhelming scientific evidence of the negative human impact upon the earth's atmosphere and natural sources of life. Thich brings a moral and ethic worldview that is sadly lacking in many major religions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book... September 15, 2013
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Beautiful thoughts... I bought a dozen as gifts for soul mate friends.

Simple, profound. Why can't we all approach the universe this way?
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I keep going back to this substantive and simple book. Thich Nhat Hanh is deep in a simple and profound way. He loves the earth and makes me want to also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful inspiring book!!! June 29, 2014
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Beautiful inspiring book. Reconnect with Mother Nature. Learn the lessons of life walking through your garden. Feel connected to the Earth and all it's beings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautibul book May 31, 2014
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Thiis lovely book is an inspiration for the appreciation of our planet and its gifts to us. The emphasis on our inter-connection with all creatures, plants and animals emphasizes the importance of our stewardship.
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Published 1 month ago by jasminecmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, special book!
I found this to be one of the best books I have ever read. Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh guides us in how to better understand both the earth and our own heart. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul_H
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I read all of his books when ever I can and this one is gentle and loving towards our Mother planet Earth
Published 5 months ago by Loretta Railing
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening, Powerful
This book provides new perspective on the environmental crisis, wellness, and practicing mindful living. Read more
Published 5 months ago by elisabetham
5.0 out of 5 stars Thich Nat Hanh
A beautiful composition from Thich Nat Hanh sharing his reverence and adoration for the Earth leading us all to a brighter tomorrow..step by step.
Published 5 months ago by deborah a. wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars written with heartfelt connectiveness
This book helped me to further connect to our biggest resource, The Earth. An important concept is that the Earth, our true Mother, never judges us and always loves us and wants to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by pompatooie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Earth
Although the idea of Planet Earth as animate, as instilled with life - or in other words as a living being - was a basic belief in most cultures 2,500 years ago, only a few writers... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Thich Nhat Hanh has such beautiful "Mother Earth" meditations for me.
Thich nhat Hahn writes in a positive, simply put language that makes it so easy to meditate on the most minute beauty found in Nature. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Mander
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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