From federal prisoner to zen master

When author Keith Martin-Smith first met Zen priest Jun Po Dennis Kelly Roshi in 2007, he quickly realized the tall, imposing man wasn’t your typical Zen master.

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth by Jo Confino

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.

 

“Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

“So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.”

Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health: Thich Nhat Hanh and Health@Google