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The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
In this provocative book, noted Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of a planet overheated by rapidly disappearing fossil fuels, degraded by massive overconsumption, and besieged by unsupportable population growth. Hanh finds answers to these critical problems in the Buddhist teaching of the impermanence of all things. He demonstrates ho ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Parallax Press (first published 2008)
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Aug 15, 2015 Duygu rated it it was amazing
Sinek Sekiz yayınlarının dünyalar tatlısı kitaplarından biri. Kitabın tasarımı, sadeliği tavlıyor zaten başta. Bir yıldız buna. Diğerleri, Thich Nhat Hanh'ın mükemmel bir öğretmen olmasına tabii ki. "Farkındalık pratiği dünyayı kurtarmamıza nasıl yardımcı olur?" sorusuna o kadar güzel, basit çözümler sunuyor ki. Dünyanın gidişatına gülümseyerek bakabilmek, elinden geleni yapıp huzurlu bir kalple yaşayabilmek için uygulanabilir, karmaşık olmayan, iç açıcı çözümler sunuyor kitap. Farkındalığın Muc ...more
Aug 08, 2016 Devin rated it really liked it
A fantastic read, quickly consumed due to its short length. Per usual, Thich Nhat Hanh provides extremely valuable insights through the Buddhist perspective; however, these thoughts are in regards to the state of the environmental crisis that we have created for ourselves and this Earth. At the core of this work, Nhat Hanh is again calling for us all to work towards a complete state of mindfulness constructed through right action, right speech, etc.
As could be taken back to the writing of other
Jun 10, 2017 David rated it really liked it
Picked this off the sale table at the Book Loft, and very glad I did. It contains a lot of wisdom and even some practical advice. I expect that I will read it again, it is not very long and full of helpful thinking. Not that I agree with every word, but it does offer an alternative to despair, while also saying that non-attachment does not mean that we don't have an obligation to act to save the planet. On the contrary: "Every Buddhist practitioner should be a defender of the environment...We ha ...more
Victoria Klein
May 03, 2011 Victoria Klein rated it liked it
As a Buddhist & eco-advocate, I was very excited to read this book. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't say that it was "great." If you are looking for specific ideas & actions to preserve the planet's ecology, you'll be disappointed - the only thing included is a basic list at the end of the book. However, if you are hoping to read about the connection between Buddhist spirituality & environmental advocacy (which is what I was looking for), then this is a darn good book & ...more
Jun 05, 2016 yerazness rated it liked it
"Dalga yükselir ya da alçalır, meydana gelir ya da kaybolur, oysa dalganın özü olan su, ne yüksek ne alçaktır; ne meydana gelir ne de kaybolur. Bütün görünen işaretler, -yükseklik, alçaklık, meydana gelenler, kaybolanlar- suyun özüne dokunamaz. Her şeyin esas doğası olan özü görmeden, görünürdekilere bağlı olarak ağlayabilir, gülebiliriz. Bu bizim kendimizi deneyimlediğimiz gerçekliktir. Eğer dalgayı sadece meydana gelişinde ve kayboluşunda görürsek acı duyarız. Ama dalganın özü olan suyu ve her ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
I'm being generous only because he rallied towards the end and said a few things that added to my perspective. The rest was extremely predictable and I felt like he was either insulting MY intelligence or I had severely overestimated him.
Mar 05, 2016 Dooug rated it it was amazing
quick read, worth it for the Buddhist parables and practices in the context of the environment.
Jul 21, 2017 Kepo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un'ottima lettura, l'autore oltre a metterci davanti agli ormai noti problemi di inquinamento, disboscamento e spreco di energia propone valide soluzioni di consapevolezza per ridurli cambiando piccole abitudini quotidiane e applicando la visione di nuove prospettive di stampo buddista lontane dalla routine avvelenata dell'occidente. Ognuno di noi nel suo piccolo può fare molto per il nostro futuro. Nel libro non si parla solo di ambiente ma si affrontano soprattutto tematiche etiche per vivere ...more
Steven Elliott
Jun 11, 2017 Steven Elliott rated it it was amazing
The Buddhist text for our times. Hahn speaks from the heart and with earnest nature as he advises us in how we can make the world a better place. A small book with large gains.
Flying Cat
May 25, 2017 Flying Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sách bàn về môi trường, hòa bình dưới góc nhìn tâm linh, đạo đức.
Nhẹ nhàng và có những dẫn chứng thực tiễn của các nước cam kết bảo vệ môi trường cũng như ví dụ về những cộng đồng tiếp thêm động lực cho mình trong chủ đề này, đặc biệt là về môi trường.

Cuối sách có gợi ý những cam kết hành động cá nhân, cộng đồng rất thiết thực khiến mình muốn thực hiện.
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it really liked it
“Only when we combine environmentalism with spiritual practice, will we find the tools to make the profound personal transformations needed to address the planetary crisis” writes Melvin McLeod in his recommendation for reading The World we have: a Buddhist approach to Peace and Ecology (TCPL Call # 294.3 N576W 2008) by Thich Nhat Hanh. This tiny book, (141 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches) addresses the need for awakening, action, and practice. Hanh includes much that is practical as well as spiritual, ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Klelly rated it liked it
"restoring mental health does not mean simply adjusting oneself to the modern world of rapid economic growth. the world is sick, and adapting to an unwell environment cannot bring real health."

"in order to effect change, the individual must be whole."

"our efforts to change ourselves and to change the environment are both necessary, but one can't happen without the other."

my co-workers assumed it was going to be depressing because it is about the environment. its also about fear, denial, abuse.
Feb 14, 2016 Ikikavanozbal rated it really liked it
"Bilirsiniz, bir sevdiğiniz ölünce sizin de bir parçanız ölür; bir anlamda sevdiğinizle beraber siz de ölürsünüz. Bunu anlamak kolay. Eğer anlayış ve merhamet sahibiysek, dünyanın öbür ucundaki yabancılar bile olsa, insanların öldüğünü gördüğümüzde acı çeker ve onlarla beraber ölürüz. Onların bizim için öldüğünü anlarız. Öyleyse biz, onlar için yaşamak zorundayız. Çocuklarımız ve onların çocukları için bir geleceği mümkün kılacak şekilde yaşamalıyız. Onların ölümünün bir anlamı olması bizim haya ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Jax rated it really liked it
How much you 'get' from this book is likely to depend on how you approach it, and how much prior knowledge you bring with you. Thay Thich Nhat Hanh always writes with compassionate wisdom, while remaining firm when speaking hard truths- something that I always appreciate about his work. This is, however, very much an 'entry level' source of guidance: if you have a depth of environmental knowledge or, conversely, Buddhist knowledge there may be less for you here than in more complex writings. As ...more
Linda Hollingsworth
Jun 15, 2012 Linda Hollingsworth rated it it was amazing
We have a duty and a need born of self-interest to protect and cherish our planet and each other. As Thich Nhat Hann explains in this deceptively simple book, "The only alternative to coexistence is co-nonexistence." He goes on to describe how we can reestablish harmony and equilibrium and to begin the healing necessary to our own survival. This little book is well worth reading, especially for those of us who are on the verge at times of giving up hope that any of this healing can come about. A ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Kristine rated it it was ok
Brief look at a Buddhist approach to ecology, suggesting to preserve earth as we know it one must find peace within oneself and then a brotherhood/sisterhood with all mankind. Some interesting ideas of looking at the world in the present and towards the future and seeing the connectedness of all living and nonliving things. It's a very small book and doesn't go into much depth. I expected something more, especially from the meditations/prayers in the last section, but there is a nice introductio ...more
C Pure
Sep 21, 2010 C Pure rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book on how to start changing some of the bad habits we have. Yes taking one day out of the whole year to ride your bike to work is not going to help the planet but its a start. He suggests solutions that can start at annual habit and gradually take it to the next level and make it an everyday practice. For me Thich Nhat Hahn has a way of explaining ideas where it is not hard to understand or overwhelming. Yes this world has a lot horrible events occurring everyday but we can ...more
Deep thinking for a deep ecology...but written in such a beautiful, simple way that it is easy to see how consciously raising our awareness on the gifts of the natural and spiritual world can help awaken us to our planet's dire need for environmental salvation.

Our beautiful Mother Earth needs us all to awaken to the danger and degradation we are imposing on her. If we are to survive and continue to thrive as a species, we would do well to heed Brother Thay's teachings.
Jan 17, 2011 Laren rated it really liked it
The only reason this book does not have five stars...getting to that...the ecological logic is beautiful... Monks are cutting down on meat? Amazing that meat is even an option...(???) And alcohol is also evil due to the ruination of land to grow grain. OK. Does that include grapes? Oh reservation is my unanswered question...Is Champagne allowed in a perfect world?'s a brief book and I think everyone should read will find what you seek...
Mükemmel çevirisi sayesinde (çevirmenin bilgi verici notları da çok yararlı olmuş) çok keyifli bir okuma oldu... Yazılanlar sözcük sözcük, tam da yazanın niyet ettiği gibi insanın içine değiyor, birlikte akıyor ve fark ediyorsunuz. Büyük sözler etmiyor ama insanda eyleme geçme isteği de uyandırıyor.
Eileen Oviatt
Dec 14, 2008 Eileen Oviatt rated it liked it
Is it bad karma to only give three stars to a book on Buddhist philosophy?

Many of the ideas are good, and intriguing, but this was not a very enlightening read. In fact, it was almost something that a person with no knowledge of ecology should read...
Trey Nowell
May 13, 2014 Trey Nowell rated it it was amazing
Tips for how we should live in the present, this book has wisdom regarding how our world is transforming for the worse and how we can change it. Definitely a short read with much power of a positive vibe.
Oct 07, 2008 Hope rated it liked it
An interesting little book. It is perhaps more appropriate for a practicing Buddhist than for someone who doesn't really know that much about the religion (like me). Some of the mindfulness exercises could be used by people of all faiths, however, and the message is certainly ecumenical.
Sep 21, 2016 A.B. rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this with an open mind and really understand that what he says is the truth. If what he says makes you angry or uncomfortable, you shoul examin those feelings as to why, and work from there. Our planet needs us. Or it will move on without us.
Feb 09, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
As always a wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist perspective on ways that we can lessen our impact on the world's ecology.
Dec 13, 2015 Stacie rated it really liked it
Many useful and actionable ideas and meditations for walking lighter on this earth.
Allen Houston
Jul 26, 2016 Allen Houston rated it really liked it
Short, sweet and to the point. Thich Nhat Hanh asks us to use mindfulness and the precepts of Buddhism to take steps towards repairing our damaged world.
Oct 10, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
As an environmental sustainability student, I loved this book. It's an important perspective to have in this day in age.
Serena Andrews
Aug 17, 2013 Serena Andrews rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable book
Oct 08, 2012 Jovita rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorites. He infuses peace into my life.
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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