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Green Dharma
By Georg and Brenda Feuerstein

As the current food crisis deepens, maintaining a vegetarian diet is becoming increasingly relevant. Shabkar.Org has been updated with the PDF of Green Dharma, the new book by Dr. Georg Feuerstein and his wife Brenda Feuerstein. The book can be downloaded for free. Chapter 6 deals with food.

"The unprecedented opulence of our civilization is maintained by an equally unprecedented ruthless exploitation of the natural environment, which is now in danger of collapsing. Our extravagant modern lifestyle, which in the span of just 150 years has had a devastating impact on planet Earth, is earmarked for failure. Some would argue that it is pathological. A radical turn-about is essential for the regeneration, indeed the survival, of the natural world and thus the continuation of our human species. If we, as Dharma practitioners, cannot live sanely, who will?"
This is what the Georg & Brenda Feuerstein ask themselves and ask the readers of their new book, Green Dharma. A book the authors offer as a free download.

Green Dharma grew out of the same environmental and social concerns that the authors raised in their previous and related work, Green Yoga.
Georg and Brenda Feuerstein: "Because many Dharma practitioners still do not consider the Buddha’s teaching as a form of Yoga, which it is, they might also not be inclined to pick up Green Yoga. Therefore it seemed to us that a book specifically written for a Buddhist audience would be justified. Our intention behind writing this book is twofold: first, we wanted to paint in broad strokes a realistic picture of today’s environmental collapse, including the juggernaut problem of global warming; second, we wanted to highlight the important principles of the Buddhist teachings (the Dharma) inasmuch as they are especially relevant in dealing wisely with the environmental crisis."

In particular, the authors have drawn from the sayings of the Buddha as recorded in the Pali Canon, especially the Basket of Discourses with its five divisions, but also have cited his words as recorded in the Mahayana literature. Green Dharma contains Dharma presentations of old masters like Shantideva, Atisha, Milarepa, Je Tsongkhapa, and Shabkar, as well as contemporary masters like H. H. the Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Green Dharma is accessible also to relative newcomers to Buddhism.The authors have deliberately avoided technical matters and jargon and have banished references to the endnotes.

Related external links:
• Backgrounds on Dr. Georg Feuerstein
• Backgrounds on Brenda Feuerstein
• The book Green Yoga

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