Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of our planet and links his contemplation of environmental destruction to the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and the impermanence of all things. Rather than seeing impermanence as an excuse for disengaging from the world, he argues passionately that engaging with the world is the key to our individual and collective survival. Mixing inspiring insights with practical strategies, Hanh cites projects his own monastic community has undertaken that can serve as models for any community. Above all, he shows how acceptance of problems is that first critical step toward a deeper understanding of the best way to care for our Earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh eloquently reminds us that to be alive is both a blessing and an honor to uphold.
—Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us
To the human species, one million years is a very long time, but to the earth and in geological time, one million years is nothing at all; it is only a short period of time. Ultimately, all birth and death are only superficial phenomena. No-birth and no-death are the true nature of all things. This is the teaching of the Middle Way in Buddhism.