From a pioneering thinker in the field of religion and ecology, a collection of evocative meditations on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of trees. Included are twenty-seven original lithographs of the trees profiled in each chapter.
First published in 1993, Stephanie Kaza's heartfelt book helped thousands of readers kindle a sense of spiritual connection through communing with our ancient relatives - trees. Shambhala Publications is proud to reissue this book, with a beautiful new cover and a new Introduction by the author. More pertinent now than ever, Kaza's intimate exploration of the lives and relationships of individual trees exemplifies the conjunction of inquiry and emotion, of science and spirituality. In an era of species extinction and worsening climate change, this book is a warm and earnest invitation to personal and ecological sanity.
“Conversations with Trees has never been more important. Twenty-five years ago, Stephanie Kaza’s lyric, wondering prose invited readers to listen to what trees teach about the glistening webs that connect all of life. Now, as global warming brings hellfire and tempests to the forests, we must listen to what their sinewy strength tells us about suffering, regeneration, and redemption.”—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort
“A beautiful exploration of the intelligence and mystery of trees. These essays kindle both curiosity and awe, inviting us into deeper relationship with our sylvan elders.”—David George Haskell, author of Burroughs medalist, The Songs of Trees, and Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen
About the Authors:
Stephanie Kaza is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking and Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times (forthcoming from Shambhala Publications). She is the editor of Hooked!:Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume and coeditor (with Kenneth Kraft) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism.
Davis Te Selle attended California College of Arts and Crafts and holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute where he studied with Kathan Brown, Richard Graf, and Gordon Cook. He has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions on both east and west coasts and most recently received the prestigious James D. Phelan Award for printmaking in California. He has taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Vermont and currently has a studio in Portland, Oregon.