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Seeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the Sacred
Seeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the Sacred
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Comparative Religion
Environment and Nature
Metaphysics

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  0-941532-42-9
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  352
Language:  English



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How do people sense God's presence in created things?Seeing God Everywhere is an anthology of essays on nature and the sacred which address that question. Written by an impressive list of spiritual leaders and thinkers, these essays explore the question from many different perspectives. Reading these essays enriches our inner lives and enlivens our contemplative imaginations. Surely, this is the "deepest" ecology possible! As a special bonus, at the end of each essay is a short poem on nature and the sacred, taken from various traditions.

Contributors include:
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet; Frithjof Schuon; Wendell Berry ; Seyyed Hossein Nasr; J. C. Cooper; Titus Burckhardt; and others.

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Detailed Description of Seeing God Everywhere

Seeing God Everywhere is an anthology of essays on nature and the sacred. Since the earliest times, humankind has sought the presence of God in the wonders of nature. Written by an impressive list of recent spiritual leaders and thinkers, these essays explore from many different perspectives why and how we find God's presence in nature. Reading these essays enriches our inner lives and enlivens our contemplative imaginations, and as the editor suggests, is probably best done out in nature itself! As a special bonus, at the end of each essay is a short poem on nature and the sacred, taken from various traditions.

Contributors include:
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet; Frithjof Schuon; Wendell Berry ; Seyyed Hossein Nasr; J. C. Cooper; Titus Burckhardt; and others.


About the Author(s)

Barry McDonald


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Satish Kumar


Satish Kumar was born in Rajasthan in India in 1936. In 1973 he settled in England, taking on the editorship of Resurgence Magazine, and has been their editor ever since. He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain. In 1991, Schumacher College, a residential international centre for the study of ecological and spiritual values, was founded, of which he is the Director of Programmes. He is the author of Path Without Destination (William Morrow, 2000) and You Are Therefore I Am (Green Books, 2002).

Satish Kumar has written the "Introduction" to Seeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the Sacred and The "Foreword" to On the Origin of Beauty: Ecophilosophy in the Light of Traditional Wisdom, by John Griffin.

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Philip Zaleski

Philip Zaleski is an author and editor of works on spirituality, with a particular focus on prayer and the practice of spiritual life. He is the author of The Recollected Heart and Gifts of the Spirit: Living the Wisdom of the Great Religious Traditions, and coauthor (with his wife Carol) of Prayer: A History. Mr. Zaleski is the editor of The Best Spiritual Writing series, and is a senior editor at Parabola magazine. He teaches religion at Smith College and has been a visiting lecturer in literature at Wesleyan University. His writing on religion and culture regularly appears in national publications including The New York Times, Parabola, First Things and Reader’s Digest.

Mr. Zaleski's insightful remarks can be found in the forewords to the following World Wisdom books:


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Reviews of Seeing God Everywhere


"Together [the essays in this book] make a powerful case for the recovery of traditional philosophy and religion in the work of transforming contemporary culture and addressing environmental concerns. The effect of reading them is to promote an awakening of sorts, a heightening of sensitivity so that we no longer perceive or consider water, soil, and flowers in quite the same way as before. As Satish Kumar says in the book's Introduction 'the religion of materialism has clearly failed'. This book promises a clear diagnosis of how and why the failure happened. It also opens new vistas through which the sanctity of life and the glory of the divine in all things can once again be perceived."

Temenos Academy Review


“Whether the view [of this book] is theistic, according to Western and Native American traditions, or non-theistic, according to the Buddhist perspective, it demands that we recognize and embrace the interdependence of all things in the unity of the Real and extend our definition of the spiritual into the ecological.

The essays show how every part of nature, even to the smallest sparrow playing in the dust, is a theophany, a “trace of God’s passing”; that our only hope lies in repairing the world, not as an engineer repairs a machine, but as an artist restores an icon. Reading these essays enriches our inner lives and enlivens our contemplative imaginations, and as the editor suggests, is probably best done out in nature itself!

As a special bonus, at the end of each essay is a short poem on nature and the sacred, taken from various traditions (among the poets are Jami, Basho, Wang Wei, Han Shan, Hildegard of Bingen, Shabistari, and Tennyson).”

Banyen Books and Sound



"We sincerely congratulate the editor, Barry McDonald, for this very thoughtful selection of essays written by well known authors. The American reader, still surrounded here and there by virgin nature, will appreciate this book because it provides a more convincing argument for the protection of the environment and the survival of Mother Earth and its inhabitants. This book gives a valuable basis for any serious spiritual ecology. Besides, its presentation beautifully reflects its spirit."

Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Marquette University



“This collection of essays by some of the most important scholars and religious authorities of our time points to the necessity of understanding the current environmental crisis through the lens of spiritual vision: its basic thesis is that the earth itself is sacred, and that to overcome the current agendas of exploitation and waste, we must see the creation and the work of the Creator. This book is essential reading for anyone who has ever felt the presence of God in nature.”

—-Michael Fitzgerald, author of Yellowtail, Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief and editor of Indian Spirit



"This is perhaps the first book one might turn to at a time when the barbarism of the “global economy” is spearheading the destruction of the planet. This collection of essays demonstrates the truly global unanimity of the view that the natural world is Sacred – is indeed the Second Revelation. In the face of such evidence the scientific worldview that underpins the desacralization of nature is challenged to explain why it is that the deepest wisdom the human race is heir to unfailingly declares that we deviate from the vision of the natural world as our sacred home at our peril.”

—-Brian Keeble, co-founder of the Temenos Academy, founder of Golgonooza Press, and author of Art: For Whom and For What?





"Nature is the first and last revelation because it is the 'scripture' of the Eternal. As this remarkable collection of essays teaches, the trace of His hand is found in every rippling field of grass or fluttering leaf or silent flower; to read them is to help recover our roots of immortality.
Mark Perry, author of On Awakening and Remembering





“This book is a bouquet of fragrant flowers which will nourish the hearts and minds of spiritual seekers and earth pilgrims alike. The book honors many traditions, distills their insights, and yet transcends their boundaries. These essays leave the reader in no doubt that there are no shortcuts, no technological fixes, and no easy answers to rebuild human-nature relationships. It is a big challenge and this book is a noble attempt to meet that challenge.”
Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine and Programme Director of Schumacher College



“How good it would be if this book were to come into the hands of everyone involved with the natural world: environmentalists, naturalists, scientists, hunters, fishers, farmers, every mother with a baby playing in the garden, every father mowing the lawn, every human being who breathes air, drink water, eats of the earth. That is to say, this book speaks to us all. If its lessons were heard and heeded, wonders might result.”
Philip Zaleski, editor of The Best Spiritual Writing Series and Parabola magazine


Table of Contents for Seeing God Everywhere

    Preface – Barry McDonald

  1. Seeing God Everywhere – Frithjof Schuon

  2. A Buddhist Perspective on Spirit and Nature – Dalai Lama

  3. The Firmament Sheweth His Handiwork – Harry Oldmeadow

  4. Christianity and the Survival of Creation – Wendell Berry

  5. Spiritual and Religious Dimension of Env. Crisis – S.H. Nasr

  6. Mother Earth – Oren Lyons

  7. The Desanctification of Nature – Philip Sherrard

  8. O Hanami: Flower Viewing – H.P. Shastri

  9. Creation According to Ibn Arabi – Toshihiko Izutsu

  10. Of Metaphysics and Polynesian Navigation – James Barr

  11. The Underlying Order – Kathleen Raine

  12. The Symbolism of Water – Titus Burckhardt

  13. Hierophanic Nature – Arthur Versluis

  14. Divine Beatitude – Reza Shahkazemi

  15. Yin and Yang in Nature – J.C. Cooper

  16. Creation, Image of God – Leo Schaya

  17. Becoming Part of It – Joseph Brown

  18. Flowers – Lord Northbourne


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Creation, the Image of GodSeeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the SacredSchaya, Leo Judaism
Our Mother EarthSeeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the SacredLyons, Oren American Indian
A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on Spirit in NatureSeeing God Everywhere: Essays on Nature and the SacredDalai Lama, HH the Buddhism
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