The Golden Sufi Center

NEW Edition, New Voices
SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: The Cry of the Earth

A Collection of Essays
edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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"It's hard to imagine finding a wiser group of humans than the authors represented here, all of them both thinkers and do-ers in the greatest battle humans have ever faced. An epic collection!"
—Bill McKibbeN
, founder 350.org


CONTRIBUTORS

Chief Oren Lyons
Chief Oren Lyons

Ch. 1 Listening to Natural Law
Chief Oren Lyons is a world renowned leader and visionary for peace, justice, and recognition of Indigenous rights.  As a Chief and Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, Chief Oren is responsible for maintaining the customs and traditions of his people, while representing their message to the world community.

 

Father Thomas Berry
Thomas Berry

Ch. 2 The World of Wonder
Thomas Berry (1914–2009), Passionist priest and internationally recognized historian of cultures, focused his writings and lectures on the relation of humans with the cosmos and Earth. His works have notably influenced the intellectual/spiritual history of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Further information: thomasberry.org

 

Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh

Ch. 3 The Bells of Mindfulness
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, Thich Nhat Hanh is a poet, human rights activist, and leading teacher of the Buddhist principles of non-violence, mindful living, and compassionate action. Further information: plumvillage.org

 

Chief Tamale Bwoya
Chief Tamale Bwoya

Ch. 4 Revelation at Laikipia, Kenya
Chief Tamale Bwoya of Kampala, Uganda has received spiritual revelations addressed to the world's spiritual chiefs. The message that he shared is that spiritual leaders must urgently assume their role to guide humanity in peace and safeguard and defend the natural world from further ecological destruction.

 

John Stanley
John Stanley

Ch. 5 At the Edge of the Roof: The Evolutionary Crisis of the Human Spirit (with David Loy)
John Stanley, Ph.D. is a biologist and Buddhist who created the website Ecobuddhism.org, which examines the global ecological crisis by integrating science, solutions and spiritual wisdom.

 

David Loy
David Loy

Ch. 5 At the Edge of the Roof: The Evolutionary Crisis of the Human Spirit (with John Stanley)
David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. A prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages, he lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. Further information: davidloy.org

 

Mary Evelyn Tucker
Mary Evelyn Tucker

Ch. 6 The Next Transition: The Evolution of Humanity's Role in the Universe (with Brian Swimme)
Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she holds appointments in the Divinity School and in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is co-director with her husband John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, as well as author of many publications including Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase. Further information: emergingearthcommunity.org/mary-evelyn-tucker

 

Brian Swimme
Brian Swimme

Ch. 6 The Next Transition: The Evolution of Humanity's Role in the Universe (with Mary Evelyn Tucker)
Brian Swimme is Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of the universe. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community. He is author of numerous books, an co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a ten year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Further information: storyoftheuniverse.org

 

Sister Miriam MacGillis
Sr. Miriam MacGillis

Ch. 7 Interview: The Work of Genesis Farm
Sr. Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she cofounded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Further information: genesisfarm.org

 

Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry

Ch. 8 Contributions
Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934) is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English, and poet. Critics and scholars have acknowledged Wendell Berry as a master of many literary genres, but whether he is writing poetry, fiction, or essays, his message is essentially the same: humans must learn to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth or perish and early twenty-first centuries. Further information: wendellberrybooks.com and berrycenter.org

 

Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke

Ch. 9 In the Time of the Sacred Places
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is the Founding Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth.

 

Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva

Ch. 10 Annadana: The Gift of Food
Dr. Vandana Shiva has, over the past 35 years dedicated her life to the protection of nature and defense of people's rights to nature's resources—forests, biodiversity, water, land. Further information: navdanya.org

 

Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi
Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi

Ch. 11 The Koan of the Earth
Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi is an Australian Zen teacher and filmmaker whose latest book Minding the Earth, Mending the World: The Offer We Can No Longer Refuse offers a Zen response to our slow-burning planetary emergency.

 

Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar

Ch. 12 Three Dimensions of Ecology:
Soil, Soul and Society

A former monk and peace and environmental activist for over 50 years, Satish Kumar is an author, editor of Resurgence Magazine and teacher of reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. Further information: schumachercollege.org.uk/about/satish-kumar and resurgence.org/satish-kumar/

 

Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy

Ch. 13 The Greening of the Self
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. She is also the author of numerous books including World as Lover, World as Self. Further information: workthatreconnects.org

 

Geneen Marie Haugen
Geneen Marie Haugen

Ch. 14 Imagining Earth
Geneen Marie Haugen is a writer, wilderness wanderer, scholar, and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche whose work explores the possible emergence of a new mode of the human that she has called Homo imaginens. Further information: animas.org

 

Eleanor O'Hanlon
Eleanor O'Hanlon

NEW: Ch. 15 Wild Horses, Wild Self—A Story of Hope
Eleanor O'Hanlon, born in the West of Ireland, has carried out field research for leading international conservation and wildlife organizations around the world. As a writer, she has collaborated with some of the world's outstanding wildlife and wilderness photographers for the protection of wilderness, with articles on wildlife, wilderness, animal behaviour and conservation appearing in many internation magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Nature's Best in the US. Her book, Eyes of the Wild was awarded the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Nature Writing.

 

Jules Cashford
Jules Cashford

Ch. 16 Gaia & the Anima Mundi
Jules Cashford is a lifelong student of mythology and literature, whose work illuminates the deep archetypal forces at play in human consciousness. Author of several books, including with Anne Baring of The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image, she now writes and lectures on Myth and Literature, and works with the Gaia Foundation in London. Further information: eyesofthewild.org

 

Bill Plotkin
Bill Plotkin

Ch. 17 Care of the Soul of the World
Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution who has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages. He is also author of several books, including Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche. Further information: animas.org

 

Sandra Ingerman
Sandra Ingerman

Ch. 18 Medicine for the Earth
Sandra Ingerman, MA, teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She is also author of several books including Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth. Further information: sandraingerman.com and shamanicteachers.com

 

Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Ch. 19 Persian and Indian Visions of the Living Earth
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the tradition of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is president of the Sufi Order Internationaland founder of Suluk Academy and Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. Pir Zia's book, Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest, was published by Suluk Press in 2012. Further information: inayatiorder.org and pirzia.org

 

Fr. Richard Rohr
Fr. Richard Rohr

Ch. 20 Creation as the Body of God
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within mystical and transformational traditions. He is also author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs and Adam's Return. Further information: cac.org

 

Shephali Patel
Shephali Patel

NEW: Ch. 21 Darshan
Shephali Patel is a farmer, educator, and artist. Her work allows her to connect to nature in a way that teaches her how to reclaim the dignity, humility, and mystery of being a human being on this planet. She is progressively working on refining her ability to express and share this experience of coming alive through the living world with others. Further information: soilkissed.com

 

Lyla June Johnston
Lyla June Johnston

NEW: Ch. 24 Hozhó
Lyla June Johnston is a Diné (Navajo) poet, musician, anthropologist and community organizer from Taos, New Mexico. She studied Human Ecology at Stanford University and is currently pursuing a degree in American Indian Education from the University of New Mexico. In 2011, she founded a global celebration of children known as Regeneration Festival.

 

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Ch. 25 The Call of the Earth
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D. is a Sufi teacher and author, whose writing and teaching focuses on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition and an awakening to the importance of spiritual ecology.


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