A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency - Table of Contents


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312 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861716050

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Introduction (David R. Loy and John Stanley)

The Buddhadharma and the Planetary Crisis      

Overview of the Book          

Part I: Mind, Heart, and Nature (The Fourteenth Dalai Lama)

Universal Responsibility and the Climate Emergency

The Sheltering Tree of Interdependence: A Buddhist Monk’s Reflections on Ecological Responsibility       

Part II: Global Warming Science: A Buddhist Approach (John Stanley)

Climate, Science, and Buddhism

Our Own Geological Epoch: The Anthropocene    

“The celestial order disrupted loosens plague, famine, and war…”       

Climate Breakdown at the Third Pole: Tibet        

The Road from Denial to Agricultural Collapse    

The Peak Oil Factor  

Scientific Predictions of Ecological Karma

The Sixth Great Extinction  

What Makes Us Do It?         

A Safe-Climate Future         

Part III: Asian Buddhist Perspectives    

Preface: The Meaning of Aspirational Prayer (Gyurme Dorje)

Pure Aspiration, Bodhisattva Activity, and a Safe-Climate Future (Gyalwang Karmapa XVII)

The Global Ecological Crisis: An Aspirational Prayer (Kyabje Sakya Trizin Rinpoche)

The Mandala of the Four Energies in the Kaliyuga (Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche)

A Prayer to Protect the Earth (Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche)

A Prayer at a Time of Ecological Crisis (Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche)

When Snow Mountains Wear Black Hats (Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche)

An Aspirational Prayer to Avert Global Warming (Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche)

A Prayer to Protect the World’s Environment (Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)

Human Intelligence Without Wisdom Can Destroy Nature (Ato Rinpoche)

The Bodhisattva Path at a Time of Crisis (Ringu Tulku Rinpoche)

Very Dangerous Territory (Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche)

A New Meaning of Chu (“Beings”) and No (“Environment”) Has Emerged (Tsoknyi Rinpoche)

Minimum Needs and Maximum Contentment (Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche)

Part IV: Western Buddhist Perspectives           

The Voice of the Golden Goose (Bhikkhu Bodhi)

Woe Unto Us! (Robert Aitken Roshi)

On Being with Our World (Joanna Macy)

“Except as we have loved, All news arrives as from a distant land” (Joseph Goldstein)

Now the Whole Planet Has Its Head on Fire (Taigen Dan Leighton)

The Untellable Nonstory of Global Warming         (Susan Murphy)

The Future Doesn’t Hurt… Yet (Matthieu Ricard)

The World Is What You Make It: A Zen View of Global Responsibility (Hozan Alan Senauke)

The Rising Temperature of Planet Earth (Lin Jensen)

Part V: Solutions (John and Diane Stanley)

Clarity, Acceptance, Altruism:

Beyond the Climate of Denial         

A Renewable Future

Five Transformative Powers           

The End of Energy Waste   

Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Engine       

Tradable Energy Quotas     

Drawing Down Carbon with Biochar         

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Meat Industry     

Ending Deforestation          

Reforesting the Earth          

Part VI: The Bells of Mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Afterword (The Dalai Lama)          

Endorsement of a Safe Level for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (The Dalai Lama)

What’s Next? (David R. Loy and John Stanley)

Notes on Translations
About the Editors