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Pass it On: Five Stories That Can Change the World

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Eco-philosopher and best-selling author Joanna Macy shares five stories from her more than 30 years of studying and practicing Buddhism and deep ecology. Gathered on her travels to India, Russia, Australia, and Tibet, these stories testify to Joanna Macy’s belief that either humankind awakens to a new and deeper understanding of our interconnectedness with its planet or ri ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Parallax Press (first published May 1st 2010)
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Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, spiritual
"You do what you have to do. You put one stone on another and another on top of that. If the stones are knocked down, you begin again, because if you don't, nothing will get built. You persist." This is a great little book to read when the state of the world gets you down. These five stories succeed in renewing faith in the indomitable spirit of humanity. They touched my heart and eased my troubled mind.
George K. Ilsley
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A very short collection of stories and personal anecdotes collected by Macy and her German co-author. This is not really a book to pick up and read. It has more value as a resource, since the prayers or invocations which are included are quite lengthy, and intended for ceremonial use. There is much of value here, potentially, but the book it not aimed at a casual reader looking for inspirational stories that can change the world. 2.5 stars.
Jeffrey Ning
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Powerful little book that made for people who want to change the world and who has no spirituality base.

Five guidelines enable you as activist to change the world encapsulated in the forms of gratitude, courage, visionary, solidarity, and stake.

The Mohawk Thanksgiving Prayer will make you think deeper and knock senses into your existence on this world.

Pass it on!!!
Aline P Carvalho
Simple yet so precious

Beautiful short stories from the amazing life of ecophilosopher Joanna Macy. Simple and elegant, deep and insightful, her words hold many years of wisdom and yet a lightness that is almost magic.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is reassuring that there is activism for the rebuilding of the destruction of our planet. Joanna Macy shares her experiences of lessons she has learned and experienced as an activist for peace, justice, and ecology.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long-admired Joanna Macy, a Buddhist scholar and deep ecologist. In this small book she shares stories of her visits with groups of people around the world concerned about the lack of available safe drinking water and power, about polluted rivers and soil, about the loss of animal and plant species. She encourages them in groups to share their grief as well as ways they might add to the planet's health. The story about her visit to Chernobyl in Russia moved me to tears. This is a powerful ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many of these stories were familiar to me from reading a number of Macy's books, but it is helpful to have them in one place. I loved the Five Guidelines for Activists that the stories inspired:
1. Come from Gratitude
2. Don't be Afraid of the Dark
3. Dare to Envision (one stone on top of another)
4. Rediscover our Solidarity
5. Act Your (True) Age
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an inspiration. Everyone read this book right now!
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book to help us connect with ourselves and mother-earth. A book to reread several times before passing it on.
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Dr. Joanna Macy, activist, ecologist and author, is one of the pioneers of engaged Buddhism. Her online work includes the article "World as Lover, World as Self"; "Bestiary" (an ode to wildlife); Nuclear Guardianship, her testimony at the World Uranium Hearings in Salzburg, 1992; and The Vegan Vision, on the ethics of a vegan diet. Her other books include Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General S ...more

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