This issue comes out just before Earth Day. How can we celebrate this Earth Day birthday? Ziyong, a Zen woman teacher from 17th-century China, tells us, “The dharma does not rise up alone… If I take up the challenge of speaking I must surely borrow the form and the emptiness of the mountains and hills, the call of the magpies and the cries of the crows.” . . .
Impermanence doesn’t mean we lose our manners! Veteran environmentalist Gary Snyder invites us to bring some dignity to our relations with our non-human neighbors. It’s a matter of etiquette. And of course he reminds us to simplify our lives.
Elder Joanna Macy discusses the mind-destroying acceleration of time and urges us toward an expanded inner clock that encompasses ancestors and future generations alike.
In the aftermath of Fukushima, artist and activist Mayumi Oda works despair into hope through art, practice, “vegetable nirvana” and pilgrimage.
Remembering Mysteries of Death: Personal Encounters with The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Steven D. Goodman offers intimate glimpses of Tibetan Buddhist practices for guiding the dying through the journey between this life and what comes after.