Wild Mind, Wild Earth
Our Place in the Sixth Extinction
by David Hinton
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Pub Date 08 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 08 Nov 2022
Shambhala Publications, Shambhala
Earth is embroiled in its sixth major extinction event—this time caused not by asteroids or volcanos, but by us. At bottom, preventing this sixth extinction is a spiritual/philosophical problem, for it is the assumptions defining us and our relation to earth that are driving the devastation. Those assumptions insist on a fundamental separation of human and earth that devalues earth and enables our exploitative relation to it.
In Wild Mind, Wild Earth, David Hinton explores modes of seeing and being that could save the planet by reestablishing a deep kinship between human and earth: the insights of primal cultures and the Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism of ancient China. He also shows how these insights have become well-established in the West over the last two hundred years, through the work of poets and philosophers and scientists. This offers marvelous hope and beauty—but like so many of us, Hinton recognizes the sixth extinction is now an inexorable and perhaps unstoppable tragedy. And he reveals how those primal/Zen insights enable us to inhabit even the unfurling catastrophe as a profound kind of liberation. Wild Mind, Wild Earth is a remarkable and revitalizing journey.
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This is an eye opening discussion of the real consequences of humans impact on this earth and the ecological crisis we face.
The benefits of Chan practice are focused on as a way of addressing the crisis. This is one I recommend for everyone. If humans can return to a deep kinship with the natural world, a relationship our ancestors had, we can make a difference and save our planet.