A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Teachers who inspired me: David Suzuki

I realized today that a lot of credit is due to those teachers who pass along a valuable lesson to us. I am not referring to our greatest influences, our parents. Also as great as some of my school teachers were, I am talking about people who stand out in trying to bring isdom to all of us.  So over the next little while, I will introduce you to some who have influenced me. One a day, and may have a day here and there with a different topic. Not all of these teachers are people I have met, but all were alive at some point of my lifetime, so within the last 50+ years.Some wrote a book or books, others made speeches that changed the world, some were politicians, some religious leaders, some musicians or writers, and others environmentalists. The common thread was they were all human like the rest of us. These are not in any order of importance, or are they chronologically ordered. I hope that at least one of these will interest you enough to find out more, about them and what they stood for,and perhaps inspire your journey. Also may it cause you to reflect back on who has influenced your journey.

The first person is well known here in Canada, and I have listened to or watched his programs since I was a teenager. David Suzuki who has hosted The Nature of things on CBC since the late 1970s, and this show has been broadcast in over 40 countries.  He has been a strong advocate of living in harmony with nature. A tireless defender of those beings who have no voice of their own. He has fought against such environmental horrors as clear cut logging practices.While this does resemble natures method of restarting an area via actions such as wild fires, it is over used. In 1990 David co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to “to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us.” which he recently stepped down from. he stepped down to be able to criticize the Canadian government without harming the foundation. In 2009 he was awarded The Right Livelihood Award, which is presented the day before the Nobel Awards.This award is presented to  “those working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today”.

For a short video of David and Thich Nhat Hanh: http://youtu.be/RWqB4-em308


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