Interconnected (Paperback) - Praise

Embracing Life in Our Global Society

Now in paperback! Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community.



264 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9781614295211

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ISBN 9781614294207

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“We are now so interdependent that it is in our own interest to take the whole of humanity into account. Hope lies with the generation who belong to the twenty-first century. If they can learn from the past and shape a different future, later this century the world could be a happier, more peaceful, and more environmentally stable place. I am very happy to see in this book the Karmapa Rinpoche taking a lead and advising practical ways to reach this goal.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Written by one of the great Tibetan lamas of the twenty-first century, Interconnected provides practical wisdom derived from ancient Buddhist philosophy for modern problems. The solutions that are proposed are accessible and feasible and have the potential to transform many different sectors of our culture. This is a book for everyone!”—Richard J. Davidson, author The Emotional Life of Your Brain and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Karmapa illuminates a major paradigm shift that is already underway—from independent and unconnected to interdependent and interconnected. As a visionary thinker, he shows us how this shift can lead us to a healthier planet and happier lives. As a heart-centered spiritual leader, the Karmapa shows us what we need to do to get there.”—Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself

“Now more than ever, His Holiness the Karmapa’s teachings provide tools for all of us—beyond background, nationality, and culture—to work together in our interdependent, interconnected worldwide community. Everyone, and the world itself, will benefit from the profound teachings in this book.”—Pema Chodron, author of When Things Fall Apart

“As a spiritual leader with a deep commitment to action, the Karmapa does not merely call for real change; in this book he offers the essential guidance we need to bring it about.”—Business Standard

“A nuanced, subtle, and rich contemplation on lived interdependence, providing a striking example of compassion and wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly

“The book records with unassuming clarity the Karmapa’s meditations on interbeing—individual and collective. It seems to me that any reader who approaches it with an open heart will be richly rewarded.”—John Stanley, director of Ecological Buddhism

“A fervent case for humankind’s greater attention to personal interconnectivity and our environmental crisis, made by one of the most brilliant and interesting young Buddhist leaders in our world today. Highly intelligent and filled with honesty, personal reflection, and striking insights on every page, this book urges us not only to understand our interdependence intellectually but also to cultivate an embodied awareness of it, both for our own evolution and as a path to living our lives as helpful and responsible world citizens.”—Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School 

“As the waves of overwhelmedness and fear rise up, we need the teachings in this marvelous book. Interconnected provides the Buddha’s prescription of care, responsibility and engaged practice. Anyone who loves the world will benefit and be nourished by this book.”—Koshin Paley Ellison, editor of Awake at the Bedside

“During this time of what our people know as the crossroads -- it is an honor to walk through this time with a Peace Keeper who understands the significance of sacred sites and that Mother Earth is the source of life, not a resource. In a circle of life where there is no ending and no beginning.”—Nac'a  (Chief)  Arvol Looking Horse

“The outcomes of the complex economic, social, environmental and political issues of the 21st century will all depend on whether we view the world as a deeply interdependent system (or systems of systems) or whether we view our actions and the outcomes as independent. The Karmapa’s lucid insight into the relationship between the inner nature of our understanding of the world and its outer consequences is a compassionate and essential guide to the way forward to greater equality, resilience and wellbeing for all.”—Jonathan F. P. Rose, co-founder of the Garrison Institute and author of The Well Tempered City