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Ecodharma

Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

How can we respond urgently and effectively to the ecological crisis—and stay sane doing it?

This landmark work is simultaneously a manifesto, a blueprint, a call to action, and a deep comfort for troubling times. David R. Loy masterfully lays out the principles and perspectives of Ecodharma—a Buddhist response to our ecological predicament, introducing a new term for a new development of the Buddhist tradition.

This book emphasizes the three aspects of Ecodharma:

  • practicing in the natural world,
  • exploring the ecological implications of Buddhist teachings,
  • and embodying that understanding in the eco-activism that is needed today.

Within these pages, you’ll discover the powerful ways Buddhism can inspire us to heal the world we share. Offering a compelling framework and practical spiritual resources, Loy outlines the Ecosattva Path, a path of liberation and salvation for all beings and the world itself.

A Best Spiritual Book of 2019—Spirituality & Practice

Ecodharma lays an invaluable foundation for Buddhist environmental analysis and activism. Anyone concerned about the future of sentient beings and living systems on this planet should read this book.”

 

– Christopher Ives, author of Zen on the Trail: Hiking as Pilgrimage

“David Loy is the most significant and inspiring advocate for the meeting of Eastern wisdom and Western social reform writing today. This book offers a timely and urgently needed voice, based on deep experience in the Zen tradition and on thorough scholarship—and is immensely readable and enjoyable too. A true guiding star in our firmament.”

 

– Henry Shukman, Zen teacher, poet, and author of One Blade of Grass