The Book of Joy

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Written by Douglas Abrams

       Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on the occasion of their 80th birthdays, met in Dharamsala in April, 2015, where they discussed their understanding of how to achieve lasting happiness in an ever-changing and difficult world. They concluded that joy and happiness is attained when one practices compassion and will-to-good, with the intent to benefit others.  These two great spiritual teachers, even though of different faith traditions, agreed to the same conclusions.  Further, compassion for others, will-to-good and equanimity apply across all faith traditions and even to people of no organized religion--being kind, compassionate to others and helpful whenever possible brings happiness to the practitioner. 

These two great spiritual teachers understand that the discord, chaos and hatred in the world at present is an unnecessary  product of human behavior.  The Book of Joy can help us, as individuals, to be calm and happy.    

The Meaning of Life

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Written by Gritfish

The Meaning of Life:  Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions
by Jay L. Garfield is a 18-hour audio course available from The Great Courses.  This series of lectures contains 2 lectures about Native American spiritual traditions as expressed by John Lame Deer, cited above.  None of the spiritual and intellectual traditions promotes the nationalist hatreds, monetary greed, selfishness, war and militarism that is sweeping the globe today in 2017.  Native American spirituality and Buddhism have much to offer to offer to hunanity at this time.  The course predates Pope Francis' Laudato Si', which also give guidance to progressives and others who seek to improve our civilization and planet.

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Hope Dies Last

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Written by Studs Terkel

Hope Dies Last starts with the premise that difficulties and challenges represent opportunities for change for the better; they highlight what must be changed for humanity's advancement.  Examples are the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage and civil rights.  Terkel records inspiring oral interviews with activists whose hope, vision and perseverance have led to beneficial outcomes.  

In troubling and fearful times hope can ultimately lead to change.  This is an inspiring book.

 

 

Native American Wisdom

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Written by Various American Indian seekers

This miniature book deserves a more prominent place than in souvenir stores featuring indigenous items. The wisdom teachings of native Americans recorded here speak to a profound spirituality.  Nobility and reverence can be seen in the accompanying photographs by Edward S. Curtis.  This is a book for wisdom seekers.

 

 

 

The Best of Chief Dan George

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Written by Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George gained fame as a Hollywood movie actor but also was an philosopher, writer, poet and champion of First nation peoples.  He was born in 1899 on Burrard Inlet in British Columbia.  His major writings,The Lamentation for Confederation, My Heart Soars iand My Spirit Soars are included in this short book. Read Chief Dan George and your heart and spirit will soar also.

Spiritual Ecology

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Written by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Spiritual Ecology:  The Cry of the Earth speaks powerfully on behalf of Mother Earth.  Llewellyn Vaughan Lee has collected an extraordinary collection of essays by Chief Oren Lyons, Thomas Berry, Thich Nhat Hahn, Chief Tamale Bwoya, John Stanley and David Loy, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme, Sister Miriam MacGillis, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, Susan Murphy, Satish Kumar, Joanna Macy, Geneen Marie Haugen, Jules Cashford, Bill Plotkin, Sandra Ingerman, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Fr. Richard Rohr and himself.  The essays speak the truth from different traditions, offering insights and inspiration.  For anyone concerned about Mother Earth, all life forms and the survival of human civilization, this book is certainly a must-read!

Love Letter to the Earth

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Written by Thich Nhat Hahn

  Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn asks us to understand that we are of the Earth; in fact, are part of the Earth and the Earth is part of us.  This being so, we should honor, respect, care for and love our Mother Earth. Without Earth, no one would be here.  The Buddhist teachings of dependent origination, nonduality and interdependence.  Earth is patient, loves and provides for all creatures and will persist, regardless of how humans may mistreat her.  She is as a loving mother, beautiful, generous and the immediate provider of all we have.  If we continue to damage her, as we are now doing with our extractive technologies, it will take millions of years for Mother Earth to recover--a time span meaningless to human civilization.  Therefore, we should cherish our mother and treat her respectively and gently. 

The Four Global Truths

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Written by Darrin Drda

The Four Global Truths parallel the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism and are (1) the reality of global suffering , (2) the roots of global suffering, (3) the relief of global suffering and (4) the road to recovery.  We don't have to be convinced that global suffering is real and that the roots lie in self-centered acquisitiveness; Drda shows how application of Buddhist principles--essentially, a change of attitude and ways if thinking--can lead to a decrease, if not a complete resolution of global suffering.  The Noble Eight-Fold Path shows the way:  (1) right view or wisdom practice (2) right intention (3) right speech (4) right action (5) right livelihood (6) right effort (7) right mindfulness (8) right concentration.  The Noble Eight-Fold Path, expanded from the personal to the societal, can relieve global suffering.

 

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

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Written by John Lame Deer

  In Lame deer, Seeker of Visions, John Lame Deer, a Lakota Sioux shaman, ascribes a meaning to life that contrasts sharply with the white man's "square" world, which is defined by acquiring and hording "green frog skins"--a world view that leads to a "no-life.  Rather, the Indian sees the world as round; everything has spiritual significance and everything is connected.

                                                                      A white man might see a coffee pot on a stove as a material artifact, the Indian sees the steam coming from the kettle, the rain from the clouds which brought the water, the labor of the farmer who raised the coffee, the rain that nourished the plant, his grandmother who for years brewed coffee with this pot, the many family members and friends who drank the coffee--in other words, a round, interconnected, meaningful, intrinsically valuable real life.

Beyond Religion: An Ethic for a Whole World

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Written by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalia Lama

The world's various religions have not succeeded in establishing a just and compassionate civilization on Earth.  Mankind still views nature with an extractive eye.  The future of planet Earth is in peril unless humanity changes course.  In Beyond Religion, the Dalia Lama asks for a secular ethic, not religion-based, which teaches children to be caring, loving, compassionate, to appreciate nature and to nurture and sustain the environment.  A secular ethic, he suggests, should be part of the fundamental curriculum taught to all children.  (see The Politics of Meaning by Rabbi Michael Lerner).

Native American Stories of the Sacred

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Written by Evan T. Pritchard

Evan T. Pritchard a MicMac Native American scholar, annotates and explains sacred stories of Creation and stories that explain the natural world around us.  These stories highlight the sacredness of all life and affirm that we are each part of an integrated sacred whole.  Learn about White Buffalo Calf Women, the sacrifices of Muskrat, the trickery of Coyote and Weasel and how the mud divers created terrestrial Earth.

The Living Universe

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Written by Duane Elgin

In The Living Universe Duane Elgin brings together extraordinary evidence from cosmology, biology, and physics to show that the universe, rather than being a dead conglomerate of inert substance, is uniquely alive.  This insight is in harmony with all of the Earth’s major spiritual traditions. Elgin describes the “Hero’s Journey” that humanity is taking—so far, we have reached adolescence.  Humanity is maturing through a “Great Turning;” a new Axial Age ;  a “Great Work,” –as described by Mathew Fox, Paul Hawken, David Korten, Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, Joan Halifax and Brian Swimme and others –in the field of a living benevolent universe.  The question is, will we mature before we destroy the planet?

Love God Heal Earth

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Written by Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham

Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham has assembled 21 leading religious voices who seak out on our sacred duty to protect the environment. Evangelical Christian, Episcopal, Baptist, Reform Judaism, United Methodist, Jewish Renewal, Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim, United Church of Christ, Unitarian-Universalist--leaders from any faiths speak to the transcendent responsibility that necessitates stewardship of God's creation.

Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation

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Written by Francisco X. Alarcon

Snake Poems:  An Aztec Invocation, provides insight into the environmental awareness of the Aztec Indians; their connection to, dependence on, and gratitude toward nature before enslavement by the Spanish conquistadors.  It includes poems, incantations and invocations offered in Nahuatl, the Indian language of the Aztecs, as recorded by Hernando Ruiz de Alarcon, a Spanish priest whose mission was to eradicate the native traditions and subjugate the indigenous people to Catholicism even if that meant murder and torture. The Aztec poems are simple, connected, and would serve us well today as Planet Earth is being "conquistadorized" for profit. 

The Green Bible

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Written by multiple Biblical scholars

With over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, the message is clear--all of God's creation--nature, animals and humanity are inextricably linked to one another. As creation cares for us, we too are called to car for creation and engage in th sork of healing and sustaining it.  All references concerning the environment are highlighted in green in this NRSV Bible, making it easy see that God is green and that He intends that we should be, too!

Foreword by Desmond Tutu. 

Original Instructions

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Written by Melissa K. Nelson (ed.)

Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future evokes the rich indigenous storytelling tradition in this collection of presentations gathered from the annual bioneers conference, a yarly meeting of some of the world's most seminal environmentalists and social visionaries.  For millenia indigenous peoples have acted as guardians of the web of life for the following 7 gen3rations.  They have successfully managed complex reciprocal relationships between diverse biological systems and multidinous human cultures.  The voices of 30 contemporary indigenous leaders show us the way hope lies.

The World We Have

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Written by Thich Nhat Hahn

The World We Have:  A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecologyacknowledges the collective awakening that is now happening on planet Earth--the bells of mindfulness are speaking.  In this book Thich Nhat Hahn tells us that our message is our action. Persons of all faiths must be become engaged in the transformation of the world we have and the continuation will be beautiful.

The Art of Power

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Written by Thich Nhat Hahn

"Thich Nhat Hahn shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth."--His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Art of Power teaches how inner power can effect changes in our world without violence or destruction.  The first training concerns the protection of life.  By following Buddhist principles, especially the practice of love, one protects the minerals, animals and plants--the power of love protects life and living things. 

Inspiring Progress

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Written by Gary T. Gardner

Inspiring Progress explores the many ways religion can contribute to sustainable development.  Christian evangelic environmentalism, engaged Buddhism, Interfaith Power and Light, lifestyles of health and sustainability, ethical investing--these are some of the ways that people of faith make manifest their good will toward Earth and her inhabitants.

The Great Turning

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Written by David C. Korten

The author of When Corporations Rule the World offers a blueprint for a spiritual and social revolution to save the planet and humans from ourselves.

God Laughs and Plays

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Written by David James Duncan

Churchless sermons in response to the preachments of the fundamentalist right.

Seven Life Lessons of Chaos

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Written by John Briggs. F. David Peat

"Seven Life Lessons of Chaos : Timeless Wisdom from the Science of Change".   In chaos, there is hope--for the individual and the planet!

Blackfoot Physics

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Written by F. David Peat

Blackfoot Physics: A journey into the Native American universe as experienced by a theoretical physicist.

The Universe Story

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Written by Brian Swimme. Thomas Berry

"The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era-A Celebration of the Unfold".  A discussion of Creation by two of the world's foremost spiritual metaphysicians.

The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story

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Written by Brian Swimme

A treatise o­n humanity's relationship to the spiritual Cosmos.

Canticle to the Cosmos

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Written by Brian Swimme

Praise and wonder for the miracle of Creation and the Cosmos!

The Wisdom of the Native Americans

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Written by Kent Nerburn

"Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.:

Sitting Bull

Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives. Our World

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Written by Joanna R. Macy & Molly Brown

Based o­n the insights from contemporary systems science and the world's spiritual traditions. Coming Back to Life  presents a series of transformatitive processes that move o­ne from apathy to compassion, from fear to creative energy, and from alienation to a felt realization of our radical interconnectivity.

Being Peace

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Written by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arnold Kotler

A noted Buddhist spiritual leader discusses living at peace with the world and the environment.

The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting With the Body of the Earth

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Written by Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax leads us o­n an important adventure--with her guidance we are able to see more deeply into ourselves--into our true nature and the true nature of the mountains, rivers, skies, Earth and all living beings. And we can see the beauty of all that is.  (Thich Nhat Hanh).

Healing of the Planet Earth

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Written by Alan Cohen. Awakening Heart Production

"Healing of the Planet Earth: Personal Power and Planetary Transformation".  Spiritual practices and attitudes for personal and planetary healing.

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