Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. Global warming is only part of a much larger environmental and social crisis that compels us to reflect on the values and direction of our now global civilization. David R. Loy draws the shape of a new development of the Buddhist tradition. Ecodharma combines ecological concerns (eco) with the teachings of Buddhism and related spiritual traditions (dharma). The author invites us to a real process of awakening. That means not only social engagement as individuals helping other individuals, but finding ways to address the problematic economic and political structures that are deeply implicated in the eco-crisis and the social justice issues that confront us today. This reclaims the goal of enlightenment from an exclusively individualistic model. Because the ecological crisis is also a collective spiritual crisis, and a potential turning point in our history.
In Ecodharma David R. Loy encourages us to to become bodhisattvas/ecosattvas, emphasizing three components or aspects: practicing in the natural world, exploring the eco-implications of Buddhist teachings, and embodying that understanding in the eco-activism that is needed today.
David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. He is the founder of the New Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (Colorado, USA.)
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. Pema is interested in helping establish the monastic tradition in the West, as well in continuing her work with Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. She is the author of many books, some written with The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.
In Accogliere l’inaccettabile (Welcoming the Unwelcome) Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas–compassionate beings–in times of hardship. Accogliere l’inaccettabile (Welcoming the Unwelcome) includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with–even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.