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Stephanie Kaza is professor emerita of environmental studies at the University of Vermont. Her previous books are Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking and Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology. She is the editor of Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, mostrar mais Desire, and the Urge to Consume and coeditor (with Kenneth Kraft) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. To learn more, visit www.stephaniekaza.com. mostrar menos

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Kaza's prose and sentiments will strike many as over-the-top. There were times in this book when that included me. But my growing sense of kinship with trees no doubt strikes many as also over-the-top, so I just have to acknowledge that the line's position is personal for every reader. That said, there are some wonderful sections in these meditations. It was pretty much what I wanted when I bought the book.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 1 outra resenha | Jan 23, 2024 |
An essential collection of excellent essays on consumerism and consumption.
 
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imagists | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 19, 2021 |
Reading this beautifully written, poetic volume is like listening in on the intimate conversations between two lovers. At first the experience is titillating but then grows tedious, like listening to a love-obsessed couple talk about nothing but themselves. But then one begins to pine for such a relationship of one’s own. As the reader continues to eavesdrop, more is revealed about the deeper and darker aspects of the relationship. Especially compelling is the chapter delving into fear. What Kaza accomplishes is to illustrate the nature of an intimate ecology. This approach to the natural world requires time, patience, and mindfulness. These are in short supply in our harried, busy society obsessed with efficiency, productivity, and practicality. Such an ecology may have been the reality for early indigenous peoples or for individuals who today are raised close to the land. Or for those, like Kaza, whose professions require a close study of the environment. Reading this book, though, may cultivate a longing within the reader for an intimacy with nature that requires satisfaction. If that is the case and enough people read this book, then perhaps there is the possibility for our species to regain our humanity and right relationship with the natural world of which we are a part.… (mais)
 
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mitchellray | 1 outra resenha | Jun 11, 2019 |
At one time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for a material object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly be happy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we often find ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of course, aim to hook us in this way, and, from a global perspective, our tendency to get hooked fuels the rampant over-consumption that is having a devastating impact on the world's stability and on the environment.

According to the contributors to this unique anthology, Buddhism can shed valuable light on our compulsions to consume. Craving and attachment—how they arise and how to free ourselves of them—are central themes of Buddhist thought. The writings in this volume, most of which have never been previously published, offer fresh perspectives and much-needed correctives to our society's tendency to believe that having more will make us happier.

Hooked! includes a range of writings on how to apply Buddhist thought and ethics to understand and combat the problem of over-consumption as individuals and collectively. Contributors include popular Western teachers, Asian masters, scholars, and practitioners such as:

• Pema Chödrön—on what is actually happening at the moment we're "hooked," and how to get beyond that.
• Joseph Goldstein—on how mindfulness training can help us stop "wanting to want."
• Bhikshuni Thubten Chödrön—on how consumer mentality influences spiritual practice.
• Judith Simmer-Brown—on how cultivating spiritually based activism and compassionate action can help us address the negative effects of consumerism.
• Rita Gross—on how understanding moderation can curb overconsumption.
• Santikaro Bhikkhu—on practicing generosity in a consumer world.
… (mais)
 
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Langri_Tangpa_Centre | outras 5 resenhas | Dec 21, 2018 |

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