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The Practice of the Wild summary The Practice of the Wild, series The Practice of the Wild, book The Practice of the Wild, pdf The Practice of the Wild, The Practice of the Wild 1c8d9c52fc The Nine Captivatingly Meditative Essays In The Practice Of The Wild Display The Deep Understanding And Wide Erudition Of Gary Snyder In The Ways Of Buddhist Belief, Wildness, Wildlife, And The World These Essays, First Published In , Stand As The Mature Centerpiece Of Snyder S Work And Thought, And This Profound Collection Is Widely Accepted As One Of The Central Texts On Wilderness And The Interaction Of Nature And Culture As The Library Journal Affirmed, This Is An Important Book For Anyone Interested In The Ethical Interrelationships Of Things, Places, And People, And It Is A Book That Is Not Just Read But Taken In


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  1. says:

    Gary is not an armchair ecologist He earned his title, Poet Laureate of Deep Ecology, by cutting line on wildfires, losing himself in wilderness, reading science and the great poets of Japan and China, and winnowing the wheat from the chaff by diving into Void In this seminal, important collection he writes of the etiquette of freedom, and how that relates to wildness He has learned Nature s great lesson that wilderness, and wild mind, are not chaotic and out of control, but self governing In everything they do, they follow the grain of one of Nature s most deeply interfused laws minimal action.From the book Coyote and Ground Squirrel do not break the compact they have with each other that one must play predator and the other play game In the wild a baby Black tailed Hare gets maybe one free chance to run across a meadow without looking up There won t be a second The sharper the knife, the cleaner the line of the carving We can appreciate the elegance of the forces that shape life and the world, that have shaped every line of our bodies teeth and nails, nipples and eyebrows We also see that we must try to live without causing unnecessary harm, not just to fellow humans but to all beings We must try not to be stingy, or to exploit others There will be enough pain in the world as it is.Such are the lessons of the wild The school where these lessons can be learned, the realms of caribou and elk, elephant and rhinoceros, orca and walrus, are shrinking day by day Creatures who have traveled with us through the ages are now apparently doomed, as their habitat and the old, old habitat of humans falls before the slow motion explosion of expanding world economies If the lad or lass is among us who knows where the secret heart of this Growth Monster is hidden, let them please tell us where to shoot the arrow that will slow it down And if the secret heart stays secret and our work is made no easier, I for one will keep working for wildness day by day Wild and free An American dream phrase loosing images a long maned stallion racing across the grasslands, a V of Canada Geese high and honking, a squirrel chattering and leaping limb to limb overhead in an oak It also sounds like an ad for a Harley Davidson Both words, profoundly political and sensitive as they are, have become consumer baubles I hope to investigate the meaning of wild and how it connects with free and what one would want to do with these meanings To be truly free one must take on the basic conditions as they are painful, impermanent, open, imperfect and then be grateful for impermanence and the freedom it grants us For in a fixed universe there would be no freedom With that freedom we improve the campsite, teach children, oust tyrants The world is nature, and in the long run inevitably wild, because the wild, as the process and essence of nature, is also an ordering of impermanence.


  2. says:

    I m going to put my hands up and say, sorry Gary, it s not you it s me, well maybe it is a little bit you I wanted to love this so much not just because it is one of my wife s favourite books This is clearly a hugely important, far reaching, and profound treatise on what the wilderness means, the myths and practices surrounding the wild that continue to inform us and the lessons we ought to learn from them Snyder writes compassionately, with wisdom and eloquence, and the essays combine philosophy, diary, storytelling, poetry, stuff about wood, and stuff that kind of made me zone out Like the origins of words I m sorry If you re gonna go camping, Gary s your man I wouldn t describe myself as outdoorsy , though i will sometimes nudge the window open a little, if i m feeling impetuous But i did find some of this tedious, you ll be sailing along and then you ll find yourself reading page after page on logging with Gary The Cat pulls a crawler tread arch trailer behind it with a cable running from the Cat s aft winch up and over the pulley wheel at the top of the arch, and then down where the cable divides into three massive chains that end in heavy steel hook yada yadabutt hooks etc Obviously the guy s a genius, and i kept wishing i had a notebook to hand to copy out some of the passages here, there are so many beautifully expressed truths in this book Snyder argues for a deeper bond between human life and all other living things, for the benefit of all living things, and for a breaking of the veil between what we perceive as civilisation and our intrinsic connection to the wild as a vegan the stuff here on the symbiotic nature of life and death and food and the respectful attitudes required if you re going to take a life were particularly moving To acknowledge that each of us at the table will eventually be part of the meal is not just being realistic It is allowing the sacred to enter and accepting the sacramental aspect of our shaky temporary personal being.


  3. says:

    A perpetual evil has been at work destroying the nurturing, life endowing planet, stripping it of its resources since the fifth century with the rise of small cities Humans began to detach themselves from nature, associating the wild with a negative connotation The idea that nature as sacred shortly existed during the Romantic period and throughout the ten years after this book was written humanity once again sees nature as something worth protecting, preserving, and connecting with This current evil has been molded to represent the greedy, self centered capitalist desires of the Industrial power figures running the economic trade Writing a compellation of essays Gary Snyder forces the read to consider how the whole human race can regain self determination in place nature after centuries of having been disenfranchised by hierarchy and or centralized power Snyder 1990 This book reveals that we are living in a contradictory time, where as culture and nature the actual and living has become a shadow in the daunting presence of the insubstantial political jurisdictions and rarefied economies Snyder 1990.Using a combination of Zen philosophies, and Native American mythology, expressed through personal experiences and travels Snyder creates his own insightful methodology allowing the read to navigate, and become on the path, off the trail As explained within the book, paths come from the days when walking was used to travel, and signified the inter weaving connective web of relationships between Humans, Animals, Nature, and the Wild Snyder draws content from his own path, from researching local aboriginal tribes of northwest Alaska, to his eight year period of studying Zen as a monk in Japan Translating a line from Dao Dejing, Snyder interprets the subtle meaning of the way a path that can be followed is not a spiritual path Snyder 1990 Paradoxically one must first walk and maintain the path and can then achieve access off the trail , as an end result a return to the wild is accomplished It is established within the path there is a going, but no destination only the wild, and entirety of nature.To be free is to be able to accept the conditions that come with nature as explained in The practice of the Wild, embracing the open, imperfect, painful, and impermanent Thus from nature we can infer wilderness, and to speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness Snyder 1990 How then could this wholeness be achieved when severe deforestation, water and air pollution, extinction, and desolate ecosystems continually arise and remain as unimportant issues for the Occidental civilizations Snyder aims to provoke enlightenment and encourage the read to become the vocalization that can unite and creatively live in harmony with nature In today s day and age the argument focuses on those valuing the human centered resource management verses those who value the integrity of the entire nature system Understanding the difference is key, explicitly in this book where as nature can be seen as a scientific subject studied and analyzed To understand the wild it must be deciphered from within as as a quality intrinsic to who we are Snyder 1990 In order to connect to the instinctive human nature we first must connect to the place or the wild This land we live on was e wildest and most in tuned to nature prior to white colonization, while the aboriginals shared, fed and lived not from nature but with nature To call this land America is to identify it with the passing political entities that control it The name commonly found within Native American myth agrees on the name Turtle Island for this continent Snyder wrote, continuing to abuse the land with result in these powers losing their mandate but observing the events from the time this book was written to the present, I would have to agree that the entities in power now hold a position strong enough to evade penalties and justice and continue to strip the earth to nothing It is just as the Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki had reversed the line The State is destroyed, but the mountains and rivers survive to give it a contemporary reading The mountains and rivers are destroyed, but the State survives Snyder 1990 Now than ever does the civilization that can live in harmony with nature needs to rise and gain power to direct and save the existence of nature, creatures, and our world This book serves as an excellent introduction to enhancing philosophies and perspectives, and offers an efficient amount of other literarily text which Snyder built from to this text I was heavily intrigued and influenced to inquire further about writing from the heavily quoted Zen Master, Dogen the philosopher and founder of the Soto school of Japanese Zen and continue for the defense and preservation of the wild.


  4. says:

    We absolutely live in a society


  5. says:

    Snyder has, in this collection of essays, written from the heart and the soul about his passion for the wild places I am not a wilderness type, but reading this book makes plain his passion and spiritual commitment I placed this book on my Buddhist shelf as well because of the author s repeated touching on those principles with regards to the wild It has a real sense of thusness about it.


  6. says:

    Gary Snyder is one of my all time favorite writers He is concise and personable His point of view is pragmatic without being overt His love for the wild and for people and our personal responsibility to both comes through.


  7. says:

    from of Gary Snyder s writing feels like a sacrilege against the beauty of letters, nature and the elders Not knowing if he deems me worthy of such relationship, he makes himself a point to assume the position of the grandfather I never had My own grandparents certainly didn t tell us stories around the campfire before we went to sleep Their house had an oil furnace instead, and a small library So the people of civilization read books For some centuries the library and the university have been our repository of lore In this huge old occidental culture our teaching elders are books Books are our grandparents This book should get praise only Like Wes Jackson, a geneticist friend of Synder writes I have always found it difficult to imagine this century without the life and work of Gary Snyder After reading this collection of essays, I now find it impossible I could not agree and would say that The Practice of the Wild is even a mandatory read in the 21st century than it was in the 20th Although an entire generation has been influenced by Snyder, I am surprised that he is not widely known or at least added to the recent discussion around a Western education canon This collection of nine substantial essays is summarized by Snyder in his own words Our immediate business, and our quarrel, is with ourselves It would be presumptuous to think that Gaia much needs our prayers or healing vibes Human beings themselves are at risk not just on some survival of civilization level but basically on the level of heart and soul We are in danger of losing our souls We are ignorant of our own nature and confused about what it means to be a human being Much of this book has been the reimagining of what we have been and done, and the robust wisdom of our earlier ways Like Ursula Le Guin s Always Coming Home a genuine teaching text this book has been a meditation on what it means to be human But reading them I am left with a decisive uneasiness If such a widely travelled and learned man like Synder writes in all this erudition quite gloomily about our relationship with ourselves, others and the planet, is there any hope left Snyder does not give an explanation why all these local cultures and many species are under threat or already extinct He wails in beautiful prose and some poetry over the lost diversity and richness of wilderness But he does not explain why cultures undergo these breakneck transformations Quite on the contrary, Snyder argues that the only meaningful explanation for all the environmental devastation, murdering of fellow human beings and extermination of other species is spiritual Darwinism He refers to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit who claims a special evolutionary destiny under the name of higher consciousness and misinterprets his 20th century writing as a form of transhumanism man is on a path to leave the rest of earth bound animal and plant life behind to enter an off the planet realm transcending biology He calls Chardin an anthropocentrist new age thinker and counters his teachings with the radical critique of the Deep Ecology movement.It is probably not a coincidence that I read almost parallel to Gary Snyder, recommended by a dear American friend, Sadhguru s Inner Engineering, recommended by a dear French friend Both writers are sages Snyder is a cosmopolite anthropologist who excels in describing how nature, sacredness and wildness interact and what it is that we have lost Sadhguru is a yogi who has reached a special state of consciousness and shares many insights which proof his human engineering competence But there is a qualitative difference between these two books Snyder is modest and humble while Sadhguru appears to be patronizing and proselytizing It is though Sadhguru how reconciles Snyder and Teilhard de Chardin when he explains that there are two basic forces within you Most people see them as being in conflict One is the instinct of self preservation, which compels you to build walls around yourself to protect yourself The other is the constant desire to expand, to become boundless These two longings are not opposing forces, though they may seem to be They are related to two different aspects of your life One force helps you root yourself well on this planet the other takes you beyond Self preservation needs to be limited to the physical body If you have the necessary awareness to separate the two, there is no conflict But if you are identified with the physical, tehn instead of working in collaboration, these two fundamental forces become a source of tension All of the material versus spiritual struggle of humanity spring from this ignorance When you say spirituality, you are talking about a dimension beyond the physical The human desire to transcend the limitations of the physical is a completely natural one To journey from the boundary based individual body to the boundless source of creation this is the very basis of the spiritual process In as such, Snyder and Teilhard de Chardin describe the same thing but from two different perspectives One describes the journey from the physical towards the spiritual and emphasizes that there is no spirituality, no soul, without respect for the own, the other and the body of mother Earth The other describes the omega point as a final destination of consciousness evolution and explains the turmoil in the physical world thereby Both man are deeply rooted in the phenomenal world, one as keen observer of human culture and custom, the other as geologist and paleontologist Both men go beyond the phenomenal world and try to understand the noumenal world one through the multitude of native rituals, the other through the singularity of Christianity Both got a point, but I can t help to be reminded of Heinz von F rster s anectode in Understanding Systems about the 15th century mathematician Nicolas of Cusa who proofed that an infinite circle is identical with a line Both seem to recognize that it is culture which requires a transformation One shows us what our ancestors have done right, the other explains what we still need to learn in order to progress and evolve Snyder writes that greed exposes the foolish person or the foolish chicken alike to the ever watchful hawk of the food web and to early impermanence Preliterate hunting and gathering cultures were highly trained and lived well by virtue of keen observation and good manners as noted earlier, stinginess was the worst of vices Teilhard de Chardin emphasizes the force of love to drive giving instead of taking Snyder teachers us that the term culture goes back to Latin meanings, via colere, such as worship, attend to, cultivate, respect, till, take care of The root kwel basically means to revolve around a center cognate with wheel and Greek telos, completion of a cycle, hence teleology In Sanskrit this is chakra, wheel, or great wheel of the universe The modern Hindi word is charkha, spinning wheel with which Gandhi meditated the freedom of India while in prison He shows that a culture is like a giant trap, a huge flywheel Once put in place or motion it is difficult for the individual to escape Teilhard de Chardin interprets increasing complexity as the axis of evolution a concept which is the central pillar of modern big history of matter into a geosphere, a biosphere, and finally into consciousness and then to supreme consciousness the Omega Point He explains and that s probably the part in his writing which Snyder dislikes that evolution shifted from the realm of physics into chemistry from chemistry into biology, and from biology into culture And it is in this last realm that man dominates over all other elements in this universe Synder does though agree with Chardin between the lines, because this passage shows that he has already in the late 1980s if not earlier anticipated the dawn of the Anthropocene A culture of wilderness starts somewhere in this terrain Civilization is part of nature our egos play in the fields of the unconscious history takes place in the Holocene human culture is rooted in the primitive and the Paleolithic our body is a vertebrate mammal being and our souls are out in the wilderness.I warmly recommend to read this book and watch in the course of doing so films like The Revenant about nature, wildness and the sacred and Wild about the healing force of the wild , Into the Wild about the deadly force of the wild and the necessity for man to be part of some sort of civilization , 127 Hours about the attraction of the wild , Captain Fantastic about wildness and parenting or The Deer Hunter about the conflation of sacred wildness and social sickness.


  8. says:

    A diverse and interesting melange of essays that is part memoir, poetry, and philosophy about man and his relationship to the natural world There are elements from China, Japan, and Native American cultures It s like a Zen Thoreau The essays at times seem unrelated to each other but at other times you can sense a seam uniting them This book was written over twenty years ago and I wonder how the author feels now as it seems his message has been completely ignored This is one of those books that has some parts that resonate with you and parts that you just have to plow through to find the next gem, but afterwards you realize the joy is not in finding the gem, but in the plowing.


  9. says:

    Gary Snyder has long been one of my favorite poets His calls to incorporate neolithic wisdom in our modern lives are important Snyder has long fostered a deep sense of place in his works It s a delight for me to read Snyder s prose, which is colored by the fact that he is primarily a poet He has an amazingly extensive body of work, from his Rip Rap and Cold Mountain Poems in 1956 to his Pulitzer Prize winning Turtle Island 1975 to this book, which is a literary culmination of the world views that have driven his poetry through the decades I dig Snyder.


  10. says:

    Foundational book for me Snyder s ideas regarding nature, wildness and wilderness should inform our national conversation regarding environmental policies Which is not to suggest this is dry, academic stuff, on the contrary, it has wisdom flying off of every page It speaks to the human condition and it s relation to, and reliance on, the non human One you can return to over and over again and gain something different each time.


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