BOOKS READ Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World AUTHOR Dalai Lama XIV –

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Us discussions of institutional remedies and the very subtle message that the modern Western school of thought is corruptive of the planet and the spiritual health of humans may not sit well with some readers although that is no fault of Alt s There is also nearly no discussion of the real causes of the world s relative apathy to this issue which tells us that this book seeks to appeal rather than inform I will not udge the intention of the author I am grateful that he has decided to keep calling attention to this high priority issue but the abstract uality of it does make it feel like something of a missed opportunity I think people should still read it and be wise to absorb that which will help but also follow up with other literature on the climate crisis As a concrete call to action this book won t be very effective but hopefully it provokes consideration I love the Dalai Lama I believe in climate science and the need for immediate action across the world to start taking climate change seriously through action So with this book what could go wrong Turns outa lot If you think this is another Dalai Lama book where his peaceful coherent and necessary voice is front and center think again Franz Alt dominates the book with both his voice and how he structures the inclusion of enough Dalai Lama thoughts to ustify adding his name to the book There is a painful interview format in the middle of the book where Alt throws the Dalai Lama softball uestions often in a very compound manner with half the answers already provided by Alt in the phrasing of the uestion and the Dalai Lama then chimes in agreeing or adding his own head nodding words to it I trend against echo chamber books whether it speaks to something I agree with or not and this one fits suarely in that category I can t imagine anyone with uestions about climate change would read this and be convinced to think about things differently Alt and to a lesser extent the Dalai Lama tells the reader how things are and make claims that are sure to sound suspect to many with doubts Alt assumes the reader will take each and everyone as fact and provides zero sources or links for those that might want to confirm some of them An example is when he cites Iceland and Costa Rica as running their nations entirely on renewable energy No sources no discussion He cites this to show it can be done anywhere but fails to take into account the uniue environmental advantages those countries have for such a goal and their small size relative to others Alt is at his worst when he tries to mix up Christianity Buddhism science climate issues and whatever else he has tossed in the pot He even says of Christianity and Buddhism At their origin both religions ignore dogmatism they are committed to pragmatism and science Oh Franz no no no Have you read the Bible As if it all wasn t bad enough it is in this book that I learned the Dalai Lama eats meat WTF Can 2020 get crappier I googled it and turns out I m a bit late on this one but stil. Existence on earthIn this new book the Dalai Lama one of the most influential figures of our time calls on political decision makers to finally fight against deadlock and ignorance on this issue and to stand up for a different climate friendly world and for the younger generation to assert their right to regain their future.

Even though the Dalai Lama is one of the authors of this book and his picture is on the cover the book is dominated by Franz Alt as another reviewer pointed out Although Dalai Lama is clearly pained by the damage we inflicted on nature his voice is loving and hopeful whereas Franz Alt s voice sounds bitter and accusational I agree that we humans particularly Westerners are to blame for the climate crisis but right now we need to inspire hope rather than guilt to motivate people to vouch for sustainability and change their lifestylesAdditionally the book misleadingly states that we have all the reuired technologies to meet our energy demands and the transition is easy The truth is that it is in no way easy to make such a colossal change in technology rethink growth dependent economy all the while maneuvering among various powers in politics and society An eye opening plea for us all to do to save the Earth It s heart breaking what we re doing to the environment to the only home we have It did feel a bit depressing almost as if it is all inevitable Nevertheless I liked the ideas of reverence for all life and that all the problems created by people can also be solved by people The book is not really by the Dalai Lama but written by Franz Alt including some conversations with him I would have liked from the Dalai LamaThe audiobook format was uite powerful However the chaptersection numbers were a bit confusing and it was a bit repetitive This is actually a paste up of various interview uotations from the Dalai Lama written by Franz Alt It is outrageous to my mind that this book purports to be written by Dalai Lama XIVSowhat is the message Ride your bicycle Use solar panels Eat vegetarian although Dalai Lama eats meatYup that s about the size of itLibrary Loan This is not really a book written by the Dalai Lama It is a published conversation between him and a kindred friend It is a plea to global citizens to take climate change seriously and to stop thinking of ourselves as separate nations He praises the Paris Climate Accords and Greta Thunberg profusely He makes simple reuests of us such as turning off lights eating less meat and voting for green politicians only It is a simple book but I did learn a few things For instance the interviewer asks him if reincarnation might help people be motivated to save the planet if they knew that they would have to live here again He says that Christians scrubbed Jesus belief in reincarnation from the records on purpose Is this true I am going to look into this further because it kind of blows my mind a little This is a short book It took me about 90 minutes in total and I did very much appreciate the spirit of it I think children over age 12 could read and appreciate it too We must think globally but act locally Climate change remains an issue whether one believes it or not There are all these campaig I was really disappointed in this I had hoped it would be profound and deal with the Buddhist philosophy of taking care of. This impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg Library JournalFrom the voice of the beloved world religious leader comes an eye opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up take action and save our environmen.

The earth Rather it was exceptionally repetitive and sometimes went on tangents that seemed to stray a bit too far from the main purpose I m going to put a large amount of blame on the ournalist that co wrote this because his uestions were often the basis for what the Dalai Lama was saying Maybe his uestions were too similar Maybe the Dalai Lama didn t have enough to say to answer the same type of uestion over and over I don t know Also the co author s writing was very clunky to me some chapters are written exclusively by Franz Alt sometimes hard to gauge which ones and I ust had a hard time getting through them All I know is that there are many better books on the environment and our need to take care of it Climate change and its conseuences especially the looming climate migration phenomenon do not receive attention commensurate with their seriousness and impact in this 21st century The fact that there s a book out there with the Dalai Lama s face and name on it that appeals to people to exercise compassion and harmony with their environment is an objectively good thing The fact that it s simple shallow to the extent that eastern philosophy can be shallow and takes only a couple of hours to read is also an objectively good thing And so is the fact that it features eastern style thinking after all our religions have high regard for things around us that aren t humanBut I wonder whether anyone who reads this will really be swayed I wonder how the capitalistic almost imperialistic societies of the global north would relate to talk of educating the heart or Our Mother Earth or ecological responsibility Why oh why would most people in the West worry about the potential conflicts that may be caused in India and China by rapidly melting Himalayan glaciers Frantz Alt talks about a man named Alexander von Humboldt who has been dubbed the world s first environmentalist whose vision did not include a view of nature as something to exploit And yet how ironic is it that much of Northern California s beautiful coastal redwoods have been logged by a company of the same name Humboldt Doesn t that tell us how far removed the perceptible reality of the world is from truthI don t know who the author it s mostly Frantz Alt is speaking to but I am hoping someone hears his message He makes some good points especially about how imperative and urgent it is for developing economies to have the power to invest in renewables on a large scale The message that His Holiness brings to table is also important and should influence anybody with higher order thinking skills It s a good introduction to the broader issues of climate change from an Eastern and developing economy perspective that will uickly edify people with very little awareness but real concerns about the state of the planet It will help people align their internal energies into increased climate consciousness at least for those with will and philosophical leanings Unfortunately the lack of rigor makes it unsuitable for serio. TSaving the climate is our common duty With each passing day climate change is causing Pacific islands to disappear into the sea accelerating the extinction of species at alarming proportions and aggravating a water shortage that has affected the entire world In short climate change can no longer be denied it threatens our.

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BOOKS READ Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World AUTHOR Dalai Lama XIV –

Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born Lhamo Döndrub the 14th Dalai Lama is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate the world's most famous Buddhist monk and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in IndiaTenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family He was proclaimed the tulku an Enlightened lama who has consciously decided to take rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of twoOn 17 November 1950 at the age of 15 he was enthroned as Tibet's ruler Thus he became Tibet's most important political ruler just one month after the People's Republic of China's invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950 In 1954 he went to Beijing to attempt peace talks with Mao Zedong and other leaders of the PRC These talks ultimately failedAfter a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959 the Dalai Lama left for India where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied himTenzin Gyatso is a charismatic figure and noted public speaker This Dalai Lama is the first to travel to the West There he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility secular ethics and religious harmonyHe was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006 and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007