The World We Have Essay

732 words - 3 pages

Nowadays, as our world develops with a dazzling speed, there are also a lot of environmental
issues occur. The topic of solutions and practical ways to solve those problems is a very controversial
one. In terms of these solutions, there are many oppositions among environmentalists, scientists, or
even somebody who is pursuing the beauty in Buddhism. After careful analysis, I have concluded that
Thich Nhat Hanh's practices for mindful living, which were written in his book named “The world we
have” are some of the most pratical ways to protect our damaged environment.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a 90 year-old monk, believes that the people within this earth are like
sleepwalkers who are ...view middle of the document...

This dream maybe sounds strange for people who not pursuing Buddhism.
But for a monk like Thich Nhat Hanh, this is one of the most basis which Buddhism teaches him as well as
people who are pursuing the hidden charm in Buddhism.
Moreover, after having pointed out a whole bunch of issues, which were brought about by the
develop of our world, which ranges from very minor problems to some controversial things, Thich Nhat
Hanh also gives some basic practices but very practical. First of all, he introduces “Earth gathas:
meditations for daily life” which includes almost every small stuff that we are doing everyday without
recognizing the theirs importance. Hanh then lists and explains these daily actions in terms of Buddhism.
This is the reason why most people who are from other religions, first read Hanh's book do not get
through Hanh's idea perfectly. Because though all religions are pursuing the charm in our life, thinking of
solutions to solve these environmental problems, the way each religion transmits its idea to people is
somewhat different from other religions. “taking the first step of the day” (location 755) Hanh reminds
his readers that...

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