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Joanna Macy — A Wild Love For The World
Apr 25, 2019 · 52 min
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A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society. Now entering her 90s, Macy has lived adventurously by any definition. She worked with the CIA in Cold War Europe and the Peace Corps in post-colonial India and was an early environmental activist. She brings a poetic and spiritual sensibility to her work that’s reflected in her translations of the early-20th-century poet Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal. Joanna Macy is an activist, author, and a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. Her 13 books include translations of Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, A Year with Rilke, and In Praise of Mortality. She is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a framework and workshop for personal and social change. Her new translation of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, together with Anita Barrows, is upcoming in 2020. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
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