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provide easy answers, but murphy does sprinkle in some signposts. She touches on ideas from the major eco-philoso- phers of the past half century, including Joanna macy, thomas Berry, and Wen- dell Berry. that said, this is where the book is weakest, a bit too simplistic. the concrete solutions murphy references feel a bit tired and unworkable, but perhaps it’s me who is tired and disillusioned. i was inspired by many eco-philosophers in college only to find no foothold for their ideas in the worlds of Washington, D.C., and international finance. murphy also seems a bit too nostalgic toward indigenous cultures in juxtaposi- tion to our plugged-in, frenetic modern society. We definitely have much to learn from indigenous cultures’ relationship with the earth, and perhaps ultimately a wise dialectic will emerge from the dis- cussion between our paradigms, but an overemphasis on returning to indigenous wisdom feels like an internal inconsis- tency in the book. if we are to believe that we modern, tech-obsessed humans are embedded in and inseparable from the story of the universe, then Facebook, Google, smart- phones, nuclear power, and late-stage capitalism are all perfect threads of this story—not an aberration. So the ques- tion becomes: where do we go from here? Reading this book has been a personal call to reawakening. Several years ago, i left my career in climate policy to teach mindfulness full-time, and since then i have mostly ignored the scientific and political developments in the field of envi- ronmental policy. my meditative practice has certainly ripened and benefited from this time, but there is a gap between these two passions. as i put murphy’s book down, i find i have a new, personal koan: How is teach- ing mindfulness meditation also fighting climate change? Healing this divide might be the most important and joyful prac- tice of my life, for, as murphy reminds us, “in the end we practice being aware, not for our ‘enlightenment’ but to ease the existence of all beings who happen to be with us in the ark of the world.” ♦ Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge Nelson County, Virginia OCT. 31–NOV. 2, 2014 The Sacred Body in the Bön Tradition with H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche We are pleased to welcome back H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, head instructor of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. He will teach the fve tsa lung movements, supported by a teaching prayer, to help alleviate physical or other disturbances. DEC. 27, 2014–JAN. 1, 2015 Winter Retreat: The Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung, Part 1: Ngöndro with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Join us for this frst retreat in a special fve-part series—held over the next fve winters—of Tibetan Bön Buddhist dzogchen teachings. These are considered the highest teachings in the Bön and Tibetan Buddhism. Part 1: Ngöndro i(meaning preliminary practices) is a prerequisite for Parts 2–5. FREE LIVE WEBCASTS (Eastern/New York time) with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Oct. 11, 2014: 3–4:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2014: 1–2:30 p.m. photo by Janine Guldener www.SerenityRidge.Ligmincha.org / 434-263-6304 Subscribe to our free e-newsletter at www.VoiceOfClearLight.org TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE, founding director of Ligmincha Institute, is renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Bön Buddhism in a way that is highly relevant to Western students. He is the author of numerous books, including Awakening the S ac re d Body. In this moment – right now – what do you hope for? Peace. Love. Health. Security. Understanding. Defined externally, these hopes remain subject to the whim of your thoughts and emotions. When embodied, these qualities reveal a new reality – a new way of meeting life, thus changing your life forever. The Nine Gates Mystery School is an experience of total immersion with ten Master Teachers from nine ancient wisdom traditions. From birth to death to resurrection, the Nine Gates Mystery School offers you the skills, practices and shifts in perspective required to LIVE AWAKE! Live Awake! Each moment offers you a choice. How will you meet life right now? For additional information contact us: www.ninegates.org Or call 1-800-650-3782 x 1966 Fall 2014-2015 School Part I: 10/24-11/2, Lucerne Valley, CA Part II: 3/13-22, 2015 Joshua Tree, CA NINE GATES MYSTERY SCHOOL SHAMBHALA SUN NoveMBer 2014 74