"It was long believed that wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body. Charles Halpern has lived as if there is no distinction--that body, soul, wisdom, and health are one and the same in a life fully lived with great passion. This most creative of public citizens--lawyer, educator, philanthropist, catalyst of ideas and institutions--has put into practice what he writes in these pages. A nation wandering in the wilderness, as we are, could not ask for a better guide toward clarity and compassion."
--Bill Moyers, journalist
"Charles Halpern is uniquely qualified to give advice about how to work for a better world. His experience as a lawyer and social entrepreneur combined with the study and practice of mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy leads him to the conclusion that cultivation of wisdom and compassion makes for more effective activism. He challenges us to apply the lessons he has learned in our own lives and work. This book is highly readable, inspiring, and important."
--Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
"An honest, humorous, and profoundly illuminating account of one man's persistence in navigating the lessons of personal integrity, mindfulness, and balance while contributing successfully to greater wisdom and compassion in our social institutions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about leadership and social change, and bringing the inner and outer arcs of one's life and work together into a life-serving and meaningful whole."
--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Arriving at Your Own Door
"At a moment when many activists may feel overwhelmed and enervated, Making Waves and Riding the Currents provides strength, insight, a path. In describing the course of his own remarkable career, Charles Halpern provides a model for social transformation that rests on persistence, bravery, and the need for conscious reflection as an integral component of civic regeneration. This is a revivifying sourcebook of good causes, great ideas, and transcendent lessons about the personal and collective benefits of working in the public interest."
--Patricia Williams, Professor, Columbia Law School, and columnist for The Nation
"Nothing is more needed in the world today--yet more elusive--than wisdom. In this fascinating memoir of his life and work for social justice and environmental sustainability, Charlie Halpern shares with us his path of learning to integrate mind and heart in pursuit of wisdom. Enlightening lessons for each of us!"
--William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No
"This is a rare and fascinating account of a life that deepens as it progresses. Charles Halpern made difficult choices again and again. With each purposeful transition, he became a better and more interesting man. He became wiser, wise enough to be able to point the rest of us in some of the right directions."
--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Upon discovering meditation, Mr. Halpern, incorporated his practice into his life's work.
Mr. Halpern reminds us that we have a choice, in each and every waking moment -- and then the next, to embrace values that transcend our individual concerns.
Great wisdom and advice runs throughout this memoir - and I return to it frequently as I try to balance all aspects of my own life.
Halpern, one of the country's first public interest lawyers in the 1960s, has written a fine book, Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom. Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by Lyn Hopper
Mr. Halpern reminds us that we have a choice, in each and every waking moment -- and then the next, to embrace values that transcend our individual concerns. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by T. W. Arnold
This book is a wonderfully engaging, well-written autobiography; it also brings vividly to life a crucially-important part of recent US social history. Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Frederick H. Buell