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Today, we're faced by means of the gravest problem that humanity has ever confronted: the ecological results of our collective activities. What function can Buddhism play in our reaction to this international crisis? Can Buddhist traditions support us meet this problem effectively? may still we specialise in prayer and meditation or social motion? This publication indicates that it’s attainable to do either. It provides the difficult technology of world warming and ideas to the drawback from a Buddhist point of view, including the perspectives of best modern academics. The Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Joseph Goldstein, Lin Jensen, and different eminent voices handle subject matters comparable to top oil, deforestation, renewable strength, and breaking the habit to fossil fuels in essays which are either significant and aware. Prayers for the planet, besides steps we will be able to take separately and as a society, provide wish and inspiration.

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May sylvan joy and pristine happiness Ever increase, ever spread and encompass all that is! P art II G lo b a l W arm ing S cien ce: A B u d d h ist A p p ro a ch J o h n S ta n le y C lim ate, S cien ce, and B u d d h ism A V / e ^ve at a moment:ous time. Powerful hostile factors W are destabilizing the biosphere— the great global ecological system that integrates all living species and their environment. O ur climate system has provided benign condi­ tions for civilization to develop over the last ten thousand years.

Today, all over the world, including Tibet, ecological degradation is fast overtaking us. I am wholly convinced that, if all of us do not make a concerted effort with a sense of universal responsibility, we will see the progressive breakdown of the fragile ecosystems that support us, resulting in an irreversible and irrevocable degradation o f our planet Earth. The following stanzas, originally composed in November 1989, underline my deep concern, and call upon all concerned people to make continued efforts to reverse and remedy the degrada­ tion of our environment.

Born in Takster, in A m d o (northeastern Tibet), into a peasant family, he w as recognized as the four­ teenth D alai Lama, the e m b o d im e n t of com passion, at age 2. He w as enthroned in Lhasa in 1 9 4 0 . In N ove m b e r 1 9 5 0 , he w as o b lig e d to assume full political p o w e r fo llo w ­ ing the Chinese invasion o f Tibet. W h e n in 1 9 5 9 a Tibetan nation al up risin g spread to Lhasa and w as on the verge o f being crushed by the People's Liberation Army, he m anaged to escape into exile and sought political asylum in India— an event that captured the im a g in a ­ tion o f the w o rld .

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