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The Four Global Truths: Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times [Kindle Edition]

Darrin Drda
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With the planet increasingly threatened with catastrophe and perhaps even collapse, many seekers are looking to past, proven models to create meaningful change in their lives. One such model is Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths: the reality of suffering, the root cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and the path to the end of suffering. This fresh, timely book taps and modifies that ancient wisdom to address the pressing environmental and spiritual crises facing us.

In The Four Global Truths, author Darrin Drda contends that as global temperatures rise and natural systems decline, humanity is forced to confront the destructiveness of unfettered material progress and mechanistic thinking. He posits a more enlightened worldview that honors the interdependence of all forms of life and aspects of reality, a concept increasingly see as a practical and compassionate approach to averting disaster. Writing in a warm, open style recalling that of Eckhart Tolle in The New Earth, Drda integrates elements of Western philosophy, transpersonal psychology, deep ecology, modern cosmology, and quantum physics to get at the heart of worldwide ecological suffering. In the process he encourages a responsible and joyful—and ultimately healing—participation in this critical moment in life.

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EVOLVER EDITIONS promotes a new counterculture that recognizes humanity's visionary potential and takes tangible, pragmatic steps to realize it. EVOLVER EDITIONS explores the dynamics of personal, collective, and global change from a wide range of perspectives. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC.

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“In a brilliantly appropriate application of the Buddha’s fourfold Truths, Darrin Drda provides a conceptual structure for perceiving both the peril and promise of this planetary moment. He also shows us how to play with this structure, climbing around on it with uninhibited curiosity, and exploring ways to integrate the darkness and the light, the failures and the hopes that taunt and lure this evolving human animal. The book brings such a rich cargo of companionable inquiry and inspiration, I want to see it in every book bag and backpack. I love to think of the hands it will fall into, the minds it will ignite, the hearts it will embolden, so that this great adventure may continue!”
—Joanna Macy, PhD, author of World As Lover, World As Self
“With a warm and open writing style, and drawing from his extensive knowledge of Buddhism and the ecological state of the planet, Darrin Drda gives expression to some of the noble possibilities of human consciousness. The Four Global Truths is destined to become an essential part of the ongoing illumination of this wild, groping, confused, but ultimately beautiful human species.”
—Brian Swimme, professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies
“In his remarkable new book, The Four Global Truths, author Darrin Drda potently examines the challenging situation that humanity has created for itself at this time in history, a perspective that is greatly enriched by his accessible understanding of cosmology, ecology, philosophy, and cultural history. This book allows us to see that humanity's current condition is in fact, a larger-scale manifestation of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and that the Buddha knew that we are in a dream of attachment, and that we need to wake up and free ourselves from this dream that is robbing us of our true capacity as human beings. Fortunately, the Buddha offered a path to l...

About the Author

Darrin Drda is a longtime practitioner and occasional instructor of Insight meditation, as well as a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, which promotes ecological sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • File Size: 4887 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS (October 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book March 23, 2012
By J. Katz
This book enriched my life by putting words to my own thoughts and feelings having to do with the state of the world, ecologically, socially and spiritually. Weaving together the personal and the political, "The Four Global Truths," offered me companionship and a kind of deepened, holistic understanding of all the unsettling crises of the day. Drda offers an informed, but accessible spiritual perspective that helped me to connect in spite of my aversion to religion. Reading this book increased my sense of empowerment and purpose in this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Global Truths March 23, 2012
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It made me realize how small we are and the things around us. The earth is changing as we knew it. Just hope it will be good for many generations to come. Showed me an awakening to things spiritual, gave me a sense peace. Also loved the cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will our worldviews develop so we can save the world? February 7, 2013
Darrin Drda analyzes what's wrong with the world, and what we might do about that, in terms of the development of consciousness. Drda joins the very few other authors (e.g., Daniel Quinn) who expand to book length a subject that is treated briefly by prominent social critics such as David Korten, Joanna Macy, and others: What are the worldviews that have developed as our species moved from hunter-gatherer bands to the present industrial civilization, how are those worldviews expressed, and how must they change to avoid the impending collapse of civilization and possibly extinction of the human species?

From the book description: "Drda integrates elements of Western philosophy, transpersonal psychology, deep ecology, modern cosmology, and quantum physics to get at the heart of worldwide ecological suffering. In the process he encourages a responsible and joyful--and ultimately healing--participation in this critical moment in life."

Drda uses Buddhism to provide the core set of ideas around which he weaves his analysis and prescriptions, but also draws on other spiritual traditions and on Ken Wilber's Integral Theory, which in turn was influenced by Jean Gebser's analysis. I appreciate how Drda can acknowledge multiple viewpoints and achieve some perspective; while he is emphatic about many ideas, he has enough objectivity and humility to be tentative about others, and he encourages the reader to be thoughtful and selective.

Drda, like many other spiritual thinkers, looks forward to advances in individual and collective consciousness to allow us to pull ourselves out of the mess our species has created. He is optimistic, but admits that optimism is built on faith or hope at least as much as on evidence. In any case, he is convinced that the Buddhist approach will assist in relieving our personal suffering, even if it turns out that we can't save the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book everyone should read! May 7, 2012
By jennie
This book is a must read for all of us to understand the ecological state of the world and the possibilities for transformation! It will touch your heart, open your eyes, and inspire you! It powerfully speaks to the global crisis we face, it's complex origin, and weaves in philosophy, cosmology, ecology and Buddhist wisdom to awaken and empower the world as we transform our consciousness and work together to save our planet. I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down after I bought it, so go get yourself a copy!!! May this book's wisdom inspire and awaken many to become active participants in creating the global change we so need!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Integral view on our current transition March 31, 2012
By Bella
This book opened my eyes to the many factors contributing to the global crisis we are facing currently. With that understanding of the roots of our dysfunctional and unsustainable way of living on the earth also comes the gift of hope that we can change our habits, our vision and heal our hearts and this planet. I am so glad that this book exists!
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