Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves :: 9/22

August 30, 2009

image - Ian Prattis - from Zuru Ling posterAn evening with Zen teacher Dr Ian Prattis …
author of Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves

Tuesday, Sept 22 :: 7:00-9:00pm
Zuru Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
318-336 East 1st Avenue

604 874-7655 :: by donation

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Dr Ian Prattis, author, professor, resident teacher at Pine Gate Zen Community in Ottawa, gives talks and retreats all over the world. Failsafe is his meditation for the planet and deals with global warming, anticipates the economic meltdown and offers wisdom tradition solutions for both.

Failsafe is a book that provides understanding of global eco-crises. It issues a call to change the existing world order by arriving at a deep spiritual understanding of what needs to be done. Step by step methods transform our existing mindset to usher in a new era of planetary care, social justice and peace.


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Failsafe: Saving The Earth From Ourselves by Dr Ian Prattis

New book says the planet will be fine
It’s the people we should worry about…

In Failsafe I contend that humanity is perilously close to annihilation – but that our collective will to survive will act as a failsafe, forcing us into new ways of being and thinking. The foreword to the book is by David Suzuki. The book addresses global warming, the economic meltdown and provides wisdom tradition solutions to both by investigating the mindset that permitted these crises to emerge. David Suzuki states: “In Failsafe, Ian Prattis offers a way to a perceptual transformation that is absolutely critical if we are to find a truly sustainable future.”

Failsafe is also a critical response to James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, which paints a darker picture for the future of humanity than does my book. The book provides an in-depth understanding of global eco-crises and economic meltdown. It issues a call to change the existing world order by arriving at a deep spiritual understanding of what needs to be done. Step by step methods are laid out on how to usher in a new era of planetary care, global economic governance, social justice and peace.

“Can we fix the planet?” I ask. “This is the wrong question. Our present values and patterns of consumption are the architects of the present global emergency. The right question is can we fix ourselves?” Failsafe describes how human ignorance will rule until the global situation deteriorates to a breaking point.  This breaking point will then act as a catalyst, activating consciousness so it is propelled into expansion, deliberation and change. The book shows that we have the capacity to make positive changes: That there is hope for future generations to occupy a healthy planet and faith in the human consciousness to save a niche on the planet. Failsafe provides examples and guidance for transformation and change.

There is also a film documentary about the book being made by a film studio in Orlando, Florida. They are an offshoot of Disney Films – www.ideasorlando.com The producers have extensive footage of me speaking at Full Sail University, Orlando and to community groups in Orlando and Gainesville. They are incorporating footage of James Lovelock, inventor of Gaia Theory, and clips from other interviews about the book.

Hope to see you at Zuru Ling on Tuesday September 22, 7pm – 9pm

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