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SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2008 103 TIBETAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE Tel: 406/961-5131 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tibetanlanguage.org LESSONS & LEARNING MATERIALS for DHARMA STUDENTS Over 15 years experience teaching hundreds of students BEGINNERS’ PACKAGE NEW! SEMINARS BOSTON VIRTUAL TELEPHONE CONFERENCE COURSES LAMA DAVID CURTIS LEARN TIBETAN At our website: online bookstore, free study aids, articles, & more. Learn to embody your innate rhythmic abilities. Join the 2009–2012 TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher training. villagehear tbeat.com NEWLAMAYESHEBOOK info@LamaYeshe.com • www. LamaYeshe.com $15 + s&h UNIVERSAL LOVE The Yoga Method of Buddha Maitreya Transpersonal Therapy Skills Training Program (October-June) Various experiential workshops “Perhaps you need to listen more.” Thich Nhat Hanh defines the Dia- mond Sutra as the essence of ecology, a description of how nothing exists as an isolated self, because it is dependent upon and connected to everything else. No more than a flower can exist apart from the sun that energizes it, or from the soil that nourishes it, or from the creatures that pollinate it, or from the rain that waters it, we have no existence separate from all else. The Diamond Sutra, Nhat Hanh explains, teaches that to see our- selves only as humans is a sad limitation of our true essence. We descend not just from our human ancestors, but from an- imal and plant ancestors, and even from the stuff of the Earth itself: its mineral components are our own. Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we have been rocks, clouds, and trees. “We humans are a young species... We have to remember our past existences and be humble.” The humility he describes is an admo- nition to respect not just human intelli- gence, but an orchid’s knowledge of how to produce mesmerizing blossoms, or a snail’s ability to make a flawless shell. To respect, however, means not merely to bow before the butterfly and the mag- nolia, or to serenely meditate on an oak’s marvels. Just as two warring Koreas have an opportunity in the flowering ground between them not only to give the world a gift but to draw closer to each other, so in the epic crisis that threatens to choke our entire planet do we have a chance to join in a common cause greater than all our imagined differences. The environment unites every hu- man, of every nation and creed. If we fail to save it, we all perish. If we rise to meet the need, we and all to which ecology binds us—other humans, oth- er species, other everything—survive together. And that will be peace. ♦ From Alan Weisman’s Introduction to The World We Have, by Thich Nhat Hanh. © 2008 by Alan Weisman. Used by permission of Parallax Press. Cranes continued from page 55 SEPT 100-112.indd 103 SEPT 100-112.indd 103 7/3/08 1:35:51 PM 7/3/08 1:35:51 PM