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A reading with Gary Snyder and Jason Wirth in Grass Valley

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Meditating on the work of American poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder (above) and thirteenth-century Japanese Zen Master Eihei Dōgen, Seattle University professor Jason M. Wirth draws out insights for understanding our relation to the planet’s ongoing ecological crisis.

Local poet Gary Snyder and professor/author Jason Wirth will offer a book reading and signing 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley.

Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dögen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (2017) engages the global ecological crisis through a radical rethinking of what it means to inhabit the earth.

Meditating on the work of American poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder and thirteenth-century Japanese Zen Master Eihei Dögen, Seattle University professor Jason M. Wirth draws out insights for understanding our relation to the planet's ongoing ecological crisis. He discusses what Dögen calls "the Great Earth" and what Snyder calls "the Wild" as being comprised of the play of waters and mountains, emptiness and form, and then considers how these ideas can illuminate the spiritual and ethical dimensions of place.

The book culminates in a discussion of earth democracy, a place-based sense of communion where all beings are interconnected and all beings matter. This radical rethinking of what it means to inhabit the earth will inspire lovers of Snyder's poetry, Zen practitioners, environmental philosophers, and anyone concerned about the global ecological crisis.

“There are numerous books that discuss Snyder’s ecological view and, to a lesser extent, his relation to Dögen. There are also many books on Buddhism and ecology. But this book is unique in its focus and format and its authorial voice. It’s a distinctive, ambitious, and timely work.”-David Landis Barnhill

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"There are numerous books that discuss Snyder's ecological view and, to a lesser extent, his relation to Dögen. There are also many books on Buddhism and ecology. But this book is unique in its focus and format and its authorial voice. It's a distinctive, ambitious, and timely work." — David Landis Barnhill, translator of Bash's Journey: The Literary Prose of Matsuo Bash.

"This is a very interesting book on, arguably, the most crucial topic that we are facing today. It makes us realize how deep we are in the ecological crisis, and that this crisis is not merely a crisis outside of us, but lies first and foremost deeply in ourselves. An incredibly timely and important book—I could not stop reading it and thinking about it." — Gerard Kuperus, author of Ecopolitical Homelessness: Defining Place in an Unsettled World

After the reading, Snyder, Jason Wirth, and Nathan Wirth (cover artist) will be available to sell and sign copies of the book.

This event is free to the public, with doors closing following 80 entrants. Refreshment from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will be available during the event.

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