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ZEN LUMINARIES: Wild Mind, Wild Earth – The Sixth Extinction As Our Teacher: Jon Joseph in Conversation with Poet & Translator David Hinton

December 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $12

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Join us Monday night visit with translator and essayist David Hinton on our relationship with the Earth in this time of ecological crisis.

Egrets

Robes of snow, crests of snow, and beaks of azure jade,
they fish in shadowy streams. Then startling away into
flight, they leave emerald mountains for lit distances.
Pear blossoms, a tree-full, tumble in the evening wind.

—Tu Mu, 9th century Chinese poet (trans. David Hinton)

“We love this world, this living planet: We feel joy when life thrives, grief when it suffers and dies. It is a mystery.

“We are much more than what we think we are, and that is liberation of astounding proportions. Even simple perception: A gaze into star-strewn night skies, what is that gaze but the very Cosmos looking out at itself? What is thinking but the Cosmos contemplating itself? And our inexplicable love for this world, our delight and grief—what is that but the Cosmos loving itself, delighting in itself, grieving for itself?

“We are wild through and through: wild mind, wild earth, wild Cosmos. This is how Paleolithic and ancient Chinese people understood it. And it seems clear enough, even self-evident, once we step outside the cultural assumptions we have inherited.

“Perhaps the Great Vanishing is itself our next teacher. With the suffering and death of mass extinction already unimaginably vast, perhaps it is these grievous forces that will complete a similar transformation here—returning wild mind to wild earth.

“We are unborn through and through, wild mind wholly integral to the generative existence-tissue of wild earth—and accepting this engenders a new understanding of our unfolding eco-catastrophe.”

—David Hinton, from his book, Wild Mind, Wild Earth

The ten thousand things are all there in me.
And there is no joy greater than looking within and finding myself faithful to them.

—Mencius, 3rd century BCE, (trans. David Hinton)


David Hinton’s work explores how the wisdom, poetry and practice of Chinese Buddhism invite us to recognize the kinship of mind and nature—a relationship that must be re-animated if we are to address the intersecting ecological crises of our time.

How Chan/Zen and contemporary environmental thought flow together, at this critical juncture in human history, is at the heart of Hinton’s new book, Wild Mind, Wild Earth: Our Place in the Sixth Extinction.

Hinton has published many books of original poetry, nonfiction, and translations of ancient Chinese poetry and philosophy. All are informed by his abiding interest in deep ecological thinking, and in exploring the weave of consciousness and landscape. Hinton’s work has earned wide acclaim and many awards.

Learn more at davidhinton.net.


Jon Joseph Roshi

Join us on Monday for a lively conversation about Chan, Zen, poetry, and more with special guest David Hinton. All are welcome. Register to participate.

—Jon Joseph

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Date:
December 12, 2022
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free – $12
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