Grief and Joy on a Planet in Crisis: Joanna Macy on the Best Time To Be Alive (Episode #12)
The Way Out Is In
Welcome to episode twelve of The Way Out Is In: The Zen Art of Living, a podcast series mirroring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy: a simple yet profound methodology for dealing with our suffering, and for creating more happiness and joy in our lives. In this episode, presenters Zen Buddhist monk Brother Phap Huu and lay Buddhist practitioner and journalist Jo Confino are joined by special guest, eco-philosopher Joanna Macy.A scholar of Buddhism, systems theory, and deep ecology, Joanna Macy, PhD, is one of the most respected voices in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology. She interweaves her scholarship with learnings from six decades of activism, has written twelve books, and teaches an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects. Together, all three discuss: the relevance of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings to the crises we face today as a species; the energy of simplicity; truth-telling and the power of facing the truth; the grounds for transformation; impermanence; interbeing. Joanna recollects what Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings and activism have meant to her, and shares a special meeting with him in the early 1980s, during a UN peace conference, when Thay read one of his essential poems in public for the first time. Joanna’s activism, forged during many campaigns, and her practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, shine through in her priceless advice about facing the current social and ecological crisis, grieving for all creation, and finding the power to deal with the heartbreaking present-day reality. She also addresses how grief and joy can coexist in one person, and how to be present for life even in the midst of struggle.Their conversations will take you from the current “great unravelling” and the “gift of death” to Rilke’s poetry; the magic of love as solution; active hope; the contemporary relevance of the ancient Prophecy of the Shambhala Warriors; the possibility of a “great turning”. And can you guess her aspirations at 92? Could a swing be just the perfect place to discuss the evanescence of life?Brother Phap Huu shares a lesson in patience from Thay, and adds to the teachings of touching suffering, recognizing and embracing the truth, consumption of consciousness, finding balance, and smiling at life. Jo reads a special translation of one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, expands upon some of Joanna’s core books and philosophies, and recollects “irreplaceable” advice about overwork. The episode ends with a guided meditation by Joanna Macy. Co-produced by the Plum Village App:https://plumvillage.app/ And Global Optimism:https://globaloptimism.com/ With support from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation:https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/ List of resources Lotus in a Sea of Fire (1967)https://plumvillage.org/books/1967-hoa-sen-trong-bien-lua-lotus-in-a-sea-of-fire/ Call Me By My True Nameshttps://plumvillage.org/books/call-me-by-my-true-names/ Celestial Bodhisattvashttps://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/buddhas-and-bodhisattvas-celestial-buddhas-and-bodhisattvas Rainer Maria Rilkehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Maria_Rilke Duino Elegieshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duino_Elegies The Book of Hourshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Hours Satipaṭṭhānahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satipatthana World as Lover, World as Selfhttps://www.parallax.org/product/world-as-lover-world-as-self-a-guide-to-living-fully-in-turbulent-times/ ‘The Shambhala Warrior’https://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=236 The Shambhala Warrior Prophecyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14dbM93FALE Bardohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardo ‘Entering the Bardo’https://emergencemagazine.org/op_ed/entering-the-bardo/ Maitreyahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maitreya Ho Chi Minhhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh Śūnyatāhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%9A%C5%ABnyat%C4%81Svabhava https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svabhava Kṣitigarbhahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%E1%B9%A3itigarbha Parallax Presshttps://www.parallax.org/ Ānāpānasatihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anapanasati Satipaṭṭhānahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satipatthana Quotes “Do not be afraid of feeling pain for the world. Do not be afraid of the suffering, but take it. That’s what a bodhisattva learns to do, and that makes your heart very big.” “Life is only difficult for those who pick and choose. You just take it. And that helps you feel whole, and maybe flying with the birds helps you be with the deep levels of hell. But this is life and it’s all given to us and it’s given free.” “It doesn’t take a poet; all of us can feel that there are times when a shadow passes over our mood and we taste the tears. Taste the tears. They’re salty. It’s the living Earth. We are part of this.” “All Rilke says is, ‘Give me the time so I can love the things.’ As if that’s the great commandment. So I want more time to do what I’m made to do. Why else do we have these hearts with more neurons in them than our brains? Why else are we given eyes that can see the beauty of this world and ears that can hear such beautiful poetry? And lungs that can breathe the air. We have to use these things for tasting and loving our world. And if she’s ailing, now is the time to love her more.” “You are the environment; the environment is not outside of you.” “We are in a space without a map. With the likelihood of economic collapse and climate catastrophe looming, it feels like we are on shifting ground, where old habits and old scenarios no longer apply. In Tibetan Buddhism, such a space or gap between known worlds is called a bardo. It is frightening. It is also a place of potential transformation. As you enter the bardo, there facing you is the Buddha Akshobhya. His element is Water. He is holding a mirror, for his gift is Mirror Wisdom, reflecting everything just as it is. And the teaching of Akshobhya’s mirror is this: Do not look away. Do not avert your gaze. Do not turn aside. This teaching clearly calls for radical attention and total acceptance.”“We all have an appointment, and that appointment is with life. And if we can touch that in each moment, our life will become more beautiful when we allow ourselves to arrive at that appointment.” “Even in despair, we have to enjoy life, because we see life as beautiful; [we see] that planet Earth is still a miracle.” “We know we are still alive, and because we are alive, anything is possible. So let us take care of the situation in a more calm and mindful way.” “Even wholesome things can become a distraction if you make them take the place of your sheer presence to life.” “Maybe this really will be the last chapter. But I’m here, and how fortunate I am to be here. And I have imagined that it’s so wonderful to be here.” “Impermanence: the fragrance of our day.”
“GRACE HAPPENS WHEN WE ACT WITH OTHERS ON BEHALF OF OUR WORLD.” Joanna Macy
Eco Radio KC
On November 8, 2021, EcoRadio KC will feature host David Mitchell speaking with Sherry Ellms, MA, of Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Sherry is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, and she has taught in the Resilient Leadership, Ecopsychology Masters Programs, and Environmental Studies Department. She is a senior accomplished meditation teacher, author, and activist. […] The post “GRACE HAPPENS WHEN WE ACT WITH OTHERS ON BEHALF OF OUR WORLD.” Joanna Macy appeared first on KKFI.
Inalienable: Belonging to the Earth Community | Joanna Macy
Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature | Bioneers Radio Series
Deep Ecology extends an inalienable right to life to all beings. Yet as the naturalist Aldo Leopold observed, “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Either harden your shell, or be a doctor. Joanna Macy decided to be an Earth doctor. A systems theorist, author and lifelong activist, she describes how healing the world and healing your heart and soul go hand in hand.
Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows — ‘What a world you’ve got inside you.’
On Being with Krista Tippett
A new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet has been released in a world in which his voice and vision feel as resonant as ever before. In ten letters to a young person in 1903, Rilke touched on the enduring dramas of creating our lives — prophetic musings about solitude and relationship, humanity and the natural world, even gender and human wholeness. And what a joy it is to delve into Rilke’s voice, freshly rendered, with the translators. Krista, Anita and Joanna have communed with Rainer Maria Rilke across time and space and their conversation is infused with friendship as much as ideas.Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and Buddhist teacher, and the root teacher of The Work That Reconnects. She’s the author of many books. Our previous On Being episode with her is “A Wild Love for the World.” That’s also the title of a lovely book of homage to her published in 2020.Anita Barrows has translated three books of Rilke’s writing with Joanna, in addition to Letters to a Young Poet: Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God; In Praise of Mortality; and A Year with Rilke. Anita is a psychologist and poet. She was a voice in the On Being episode, “The Soul in Depression.” Her most recent poetry collection is Testimony.
May 2021 Sesshin, Day 2: “The Third Turning of the Wheel: A Conversation with Joanna Macy”
Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)
Dharma talk by Donna Kowal. Reading and commentary on excerpts from an interview with Joanna Macy that explores the Buddha’s teaching of dependent co-arising, nothing exists apart from anything else. (Source: Dharma Rain, edited by Stephanie Kaza and Kenneth Kraft, Shambhala Publications, 2000) The post May 2021 Sesshin, Day 2: “The Third Turning of the Wheel: A Conversation with Joanna Macy” appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.
Active Hope - Reflections on the Work of Joanna Macy
This podcast comes from an inspirational Sunday Talk given by Mary Reaman for Tree of Life Community in Dayton, Ohio. Themes covered are active hope, facing uncertainty, and trusting our capacity as humans to hold and address the challenges of our times. To learn more about Tree of Life Community, visit our website at www.tlcubu.org
Our choices right now matter so greatly for our future - what a gift! Says Joanna Macy
Intimacy with the world
Joanna Macy begins by telling us about the possibility of experiencing the earth as our larger body, as our mother, as our grandmother as our source of everything, and how this sometimes manifests very intimately and sometimes as being held by the earth itself. Our conversation soon goes to Georgia in the former Soviet Union, and Joanna tells us about being stuck in an hotel room with a great big samovar emitting eucalyptus steam and a Russian orthodox religious man trying to guide her into being less of a monkey person and to rather become more of a kitten person - this was his metaphor for the great surrender that he think she needed in order to heal. The topic of surrender brings us to Rilkes poetry and from there to covid, which Joanna also sees as part teacher to us all - teaching us to stop, to slow down and see the natural worlds beauty around us. Joanna also shares how grateful she feels to be alive at this very time that is so precarious, how meaningful it feels, when every choice you make actually matters so greatly for the future of complex life on earth. She also tells us that if we are going to save the planet, we need to do it with joy, wonder and gratitude, not by complaining. “We have to be glad to be here if we want to make any change for the better. Only the joy and gratitude can awaken the imagination to do this.” She says. Joanna also takes great interest in my native Islands, The Faroe Islands, and in my childhood growing up there, and she tells us about her own childhood, both in Manhattan and on her grandfathers farm in upstate New York. She said that on her grandfathers farm everything came alive, and how she discovered that all life had its own being and mystery. We also speak about the late Norwegian philospher Arne Næs, who was a great inspiration to Joanna Macy with his deep ecology and his notion of the ecological self We speak about working with despair and other difficult feelings about the devastation of the planet, and about how easy it is to just Numb out. Which is where The Work that Reconnects comes in. And she speaks about how we need to take this work beyond anthropocentrism by truly opening the heart and mind. And how in this spirit she, together with John Seed invented the Council of all Beings. Joanna also tells us about her heartbreaking work at San Quentin prison. And we do ofcourse speak about her work with the Tibetan refugees and The Dalai Lama in India, and her time there with the peace core. And she tells us about the Khampagar monastery in Tibet and Tashi Jong monastery in Northern India. She describes that what she saw in the Tibetan refugees in the sixties, was that they had a much vaster experience of self than she had seen before, and that that was the root to their happiness. The tibetans taught her mindfulness practice, which she says has sreved her so well ever since. And she does tell us about the notion of no-self, of no separate self, but that we are more of a stream of experience, and how we can watch this process of being taking place. And she takes great joy in the buddhist teaching, that all we have to do, is just to see through the self. That is the greatest gift. Joannas greatest message is for us to learn to open to everything, to the planet as our own larger body, and she says that life wants to live itself through us, taste itself through us. And she ends by telling us how much joy she takes in being breathed by mother earth, our larger body! Joanna Macy’s website: www.joannamacy.net My website: www.duritaholm.com
In this episode, the Extinction Rebellion Podcast explores regenerative culture with Joanna Macy, PhD is a teacher and writer on issues of environmental justice, Deep Ecology, and Buddhist practice. What is it, and how can it be of use to rebels worldwide? This episode was first released in August 2019 and produced by Jessica Townsend & Bill Leuty for Extinction Rebellion, www.extinctionrebellion.uk, distributed by The Real Agenda Network, podcasts for political change: www.realagenda.org
JOANNA MACY on the World As Lover And Self ⌠ENCORE⌡/207
For The Wild
We seek counsel from Joanna Macy on finding emotional courage, building allyship, and practicing gratitude. Joanna begins by reminding us that “the whole late capitalism project would have us distrust our feelings and privatize them” instead of succumbing to denial, complacency, or isolation we can emerge from it, and move through it...