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Wild mind, wild earth : our place in the sixth extinction / David Hinton.

By: Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Shambhala Publications, [2022]Edition: First editionDescription: 135 pages : 22 cm illustrationsISBN:
  • 9781645471479
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-134).

I. How a Little Poem from Ancient China Could Save the Planet -- II. Wandering Boundless and Free -- Notes -- Acknowledgment.

"Is planetary healing possible through the wildness of our own minds? This literary exploration of ancient Chinese spirituality and modern Western environmentalism plumbs the radical and promising kinship between mind and nature. Renowned translator and author David Hinton discovers parallels between the writings of ancient Chinese poets and Ch'an (Zen) masters and those of landscape poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) and other ecologically minded Western writers. These two bodies of work, though centuries apart, point to the deep wound inevitably caused by dualistic views of humanity and nature-and raise the prospect of removing the illusion of separation. Through Hinton's insightful commentary on some of the most well-known romantic and Modernist poets and environmental writers of the past two centuries, he presents a vision of humanity's relationship to nature as complete, of a singular being, and interconnected. Explored alongside the works and ideas of a collection of classical Chinese poets, Hinton highlights the particular cultural formations and assumptions that have led us to our current state of ecological crises. In this way, he shows that transformation is possible through uncovering our "wild mind." This means opening ourselves up to a deep state of mutuality and love, as is reflected in the ecologically inclusive vision of the Cosmos by the ancient Chinese poets and Chan masters. We may yet find the inspiration to heal our living planet if we understand that the sixth great extinction event now unfolding around us is at its root a spiritual and philosophical problem. "It is the assumptions defining us and our relation to the earth that drive the destruction," writes Hinton. "The wound that insists we are radically different and qualitatively more valuable than the rest of existence. We love this world, and there is an unnoticed philosophical revolution inherent in that love.""-- Provided by publisher.

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