The Intimate Connection Between Ourselves and Our Earth

David Loy

  • Recognizing the intimate connection between ourselves and our Earth
  • How to develop a personal relationship with nature, and how that cultivates our natural desire to protect it
  • How being in touch with the natural world helps us get in touch with our emotions
  • Why feeling separate from the natural world leads us to fill the void with consumption
  • How the natural world can soften us, and help reveal where our love and our action want to go

David Robert Loy, Ph.D. is a writer, Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism, and professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy. He is also among the founding members of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. David’s work focuses primarily on the encounter between Buddhism, ecology and modernity: what each can learn from the other.

David is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His work appears regularly in scholarly journals and major journals, such as Tikkun, Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma. His most recent book publication is called Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Precipice. His website is

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