We have always been, and will always be, interconnected—through
family, community, and shared humanity. As our planet changes and our
world grows smaller, it is vital we not only recognize our connections
to one another and to the earth but also begin actively working together
as interdependent individuals to create a truly global society.
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is uniquely positioned to guide us
in this process. Drawing on years of intensive Buddhist training and a
passionate commitment to social issues, he teaches how we can move from a
merely intellectual understanding to a fully lived experience of
connection. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these
connections, we can become more effective agents of social and ethical
The Karmapa shows us how gaining emotional awareness of our
connectedness can fundamentally reshape the human race. He then guides
us to action, showing step by step how we can change the way we use the
earth’s resources and can continue to better our society. In clear
language, the Karmapa draws connections between such seemingly far-flung
issues as consumer culture, loneliness, animal protection, and
self-reliance. In the process, he helps us move beyond theory to
practical and positive social and ethical change.
248 pages. Paperback.