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Love Letter to the Earth

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Love Letter to the Earth is Thich Nhat Hanh’s passionate appeal for ecological mindfulness and the strengthening of our relationship to the Earth. While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Parallax Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am not a Buddhist and no expert on Buddhist writings, though I have read several including a few by Thich Nhat Hanh.

That said, this book strikes me as being nearly perfect. Historically, some elements & truths of Buddhism have escaped me. Since I last read Nhat Hanh I have read much on animals and nature. So, returning to him through Love Letter To The Earth everything clicks. The concept of interbeing makes total sense to me now, starting with our relationship with Mother Eart
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
"If we care about the health and well-being of the planet, we do so for our own sake. We want the air to be clean enough for us to breathe. We want the water to be clean enough so that we have something to drink. But we need to do more than use recycled products or donate money to environmental groups. We have to change our whole relationship with the Earth."
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
○ "The Earth has all the virtues we seek, including strength, stability, patience, and compassion. She embraces everyone. We don't need blind faith to see this. We don't need to address our prayers or express our gratitude to a remote or abstract deity with whom it may be difficult or impossible to be in touch. We can address our prayers and express our gratitude directly to the Earth. The Earth is right here. She supports us in a very concrete and tangible ways. No one can deny that the
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm amazed by how simple yet meaningful this book can be. It relates to everyone of us about how we're connected to Mother Earth yet somehow most of us forget about this bonding relation. All came down to the single suggestion of being present and mindful of our existence in this vast being of the Earth and everything on her. If you have already read a number of Thich Nhat Hanh's book, this book might not carry so much new information, but still worth reading. If you are new to Thay's teaching, ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Great book to open your mind about your connection to the Earth and practicing mindfulness!
Claudia Loureiro
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
An easy, all embracing concept if viewed from a higher perspective, that is, if detached from what is known as 'normal' modern life.
Thich Nhat Hanh's writing, as always, is so simple, and full of compassion and insight!
For example: "A bodhisattva is a living being who has happiness, awakening, understanding, and love.... Anyone who cultivates love and offers a lot of happiness to others is a bodhisattva. When we look at our planet, we know that the Earth is the most beautiful bodhisattva of all
Nancy McKinley
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was a treat. This wonderful book contains essential and beautiful truths regarding mindfulness. Practices that I have incorporated in my life so much so they are seamlessly woven and ingrained into everything I do. Much of this I have learned from this wise man in previous books and from talks he has given. His simple wisdom is there for us all. It is written in the stars, in our DNA and this fantastic book.

I recommend it. It's simple and gloriously uncomplicated. Fresh and up
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great book that reminds us to be mindful of how we interact with our environment. The first chapters are very similar to other books by Thich Nhat Hanh, but they serve as a helpful reminder of how to be in the present moment. The real meat of the book comes in the 10 Love Letters to the Earth. The first two love letters alone are worth the price of admission. Read them and then contemplate your relationship with Mother Earth.
Abner Rosenweig
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Letter to the Earth is a prayer book for the modern age, weaving science, spirituality, and ecology into a harmonious braid--not often these three can be so elegantly brought together!

I've never seen Buddhist thought so directly or so poetically applied to the Earth before. If there is ultimately no self and we are one with everything, naturally we are one with the Earth. Personifying the Earth as a great Bodhisattva and showing the reader how intimately we are connected to this magnificen
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little book that can be read in one sitting, but I think it's better to read it in small sections. Why? Because it tends to get repetitive; you will find the same ideas being said in different ways. You will get more out of it in small amounts.

From my point of view, it feels like a dharma talk put into written form. It could also be a good introduction to someone who is interested in Thich Nhat Hanh's philosophy and way of seeing the world. On the other hand, this book might do him disservice,
Ivan Monckton
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whilst the book gave me a completely new insight into our relationship with Earth, and the need for mindfulness towards it, I can not accept that that is all we need to do to make things different. Those of us that know about Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings in UK will be tiny in number, at least in percentage terms. Meanwhile, radioactive waste is being dumped in waters close to Cardiff, fracking is about to start, industrial farming is completely out of control, badgers are sitting in cage traps wa ...more
Robert Schultheis
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
My first Thich Nhat Hanh book, and it might be a while before I try another.

I found Love Letter to the Earth: Mindless. Oversimplified. Impractical prescriptions. Uses the word "we" way too much. Seems to go on and on about nothing really.

Many fans of TNH will think I've missed the point. I'm OK with that. There are much better writers on the topic of oneness, wholeness, and healing our relationship with the earth. This book is for people who wish to resist thinking deeply about complex problems
Judy Cadena
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
It's a bit difficult to give this a completely fair review. In my haste, I didn't read the description and bought this book based off of the title alone. I wasn't looking for a book on mindfulness. My fault. I know. I did enjoy how it incorporated the idea of how loving the earth is to love yourself bit. But after a while, it all got just a bit too repetitive even for such a small book.
Bethany Woodcock
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Letter to the Earth provides an alternative way of thinking about environmental issues. A short read that took less than a day to complete, but still left a big impact on me. It is beautiful, poetic, and describes a feeling in my heart I've never seen written on paper before.
Wes Martin
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth is just that. Hanh teaches us about our relationship to the Earth and about having mindfulness and gratitude towards her. Highly Recommended.
Tram-Anh Huynh
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Considered putting the book down after the first third. Repetitive. At least not discouraging for a book addressing how we've abused Mother Earth.

5 stars for the letters at the end (Chapter 6/6); I would benefit from periodically re-reading them.
Stephanie Laurie Weima
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Definitely one to own and re-read, beautiful, calm and clear
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and informative, Thay's words are timeless and touching.
Ally Fricke
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great short read about being mindful of the Earth. Made me feel calm just reading it!
Pontus Ågren
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit
A beautiful collection of love letters to the earth, inspiring us to change our ways in order to live a life in love with mother earth.
Brilliant, necessary, touching, beautiful. Like all his books, short and easy to digest, packs a hugely meaningful punch. Urgent.

Read it!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. Still processing all of it, and I predict I will be re-reading this one many times in the future
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I've ready many books by Thich Nhat Hanh and I like them all. This one really made me think. I think it's a good book that was interesting and poetically written. I found the letters to the Earth at the end of the book to be most interesting. It's a quick read and worth the time. Two thumbs up!
Ashley Millet
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favorite books of ALL time. This book has changed me. Thich Nhat Hanh has put into words what I have been feeling and have been unable to express. I love the chapter on death and how we go back to Mother Earth after we die. Helps me to deal with the passing of loved ones and also to fear less my own death.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is an ecological appeal for our species to get back in touch with our roots - the Earth, the Sun, and the universe beyond. I believe it is the second book I have read by Thich Nhat Hanh, the first bring "Peace Is Every Step". I found this book to be very simple to read, chock full of common sense, and calming. However, it didn't hold my interest as much as the previously-mentioned book. I would definitely recommend this to others, as it is a good way to remember some basic things about our ...more
Christine Beevis Trickett
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
A reflection how each step, each breath on Earth is a miracle. We don't need to look for heaven. It's here all around us. We are all children of this planet. Excellent insight into the miracle of intervening, and existence. A short book, but infinitely meaningful if your heart is open to its message.
Ed Wiggers
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Exceptional Booklet that is so incredibly inspiring and uplifting. When I read and reread his words, phrases, and sentences, and reflect on the depth and breath of his message (or should I say "The Universe's Message"), I expand to infinity the identity of 'Who I Am'!... My favorite little book along with Ajahn Chah's, "On Meditation"...
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful message about caring for mother earth and how we are all connected. Requires an open mind to understand the full meaning. Inspirational and meditative.

Kindle version is "A Love Letter To The Planet"
Venus Smurf
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
This was a very interesting read. Not my usual thing by any means, but definitely well done. It made me want to move to a commune and start wearing hemp or become a Bhuddist, and it's certainly not for everyone, but it was still interesting.
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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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