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By June Maffin
Published on April 4, 2011
 

Author: Juna Jinsei

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 978-1-4327-6697-9





Author: Juna Jinsei

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 978-1-4327-6697-9

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There’s a drum roll … and the sound of the ‘death march’ plays in the background as, according to the Mayan calendar, *the* dreaded and fast-approaching date, December 21, 2012 approaches and the world ends.

Apocalyptic fear is escalating as the supposed date of Armageddon looms closer every day. What to do? How to plan? What to expect? Will it really happen? But in reality, no one knows the future – be that one minute from now, a year from now, ten years from now. Is there anything that can be done to avert the highly-predicted global tragedy of suffering and major change? Can anything be done to remove the fear-mongering media predictions of doom and gloom that are surfacing with increasing concern?

In March, 2010, practitioners of various forms of Buddhism gathered in the United States (State of Florida) for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s seventh annual “Change Your Mind” conference. Their focus was to share practices that would “inspire, motivate and achieve the personal experience of balance, harmony and joy that can aid in unifying the human race and create world peace.” In this book, author Juna Jinsei provides an accounting of that conference.

For those who are concerned about December 21, 2012; who are fearfully anticipating how the Mayan predictions will unfold; and who are stressed about what cataclysmic tragedies will befall the planet, themselves and their loved ones, the discussions of the “Change Your Mind” conference can be a catalyst to viewing that day as the beginning of a ‘new world’ focused on love, understanding and the fostering of world peace, rather than the critical ending of the world as we know it.

Are there keys to refocusing/re-imaging the future? The conference offers several possibilities … heart-level listening … simple and sustainable living (“anything that combines your mind, emotions and spirituality”) … participation in environmental issues, a connection with nature and its abundant resources … modeling the words of the Dalai Lamai: “It is important to be a good person, to act properly in the world, to love each other and to love nature because we are responsible, not only for ourselves but for everything the surrounds us at all times.”

The book includes a series of ecological quotes from a Buddhist perspective, a variety of quotations by the Dalai Lama, a reproduction of the United Nations’ Earth Charter, a copy of the 108 Step Manuscript to Improve the Environment, and a Glossary of terms that may be unfamiliar to non-Buddhist followers.

Is there a need to be fearful of December 21, 2012? In the book’s final chapter: “Advancing Toward the Future”, the important relationship between ‘cause’ and ‘effect’ is presented underscoring the importance of self-transformation through a sought-after enlightened awareness where “each person can change negative attitudes, bad behavior, and achieve indestructible happiness that will lead to world peace in his or her life.”.

This book encourages readers of any/all/no faith to make a difference in their corner of the world for as the author wisely noted, “through individual human revolution, we can bring peace into the world.”


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