A Critical Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education
introduction—how to love black snow by David W. Jardine
how to love black snow
DAVID W. JARDINE
Despite the likely alien and awkward feel of the concepts involved, we might, when hearing a sutra, experience a quite innocent sense of wonder—a brief moment of almost childlike, delightful surprise, perhaps colored by a subtle tone of promise and potential. In line with the teachings set out in this book, we might say that just such a brief clearing within simple, unprepared wonder is what constitutes the awakening of faith in the Great Vehicle.
From the “Translators’ Introduction” to Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras:Maitreya’s Mahayanasutralamakara (Doctor, 2014, p. vii)
Now little riverbed stones impress upon my bare feet the aggregate intelligence of form and fit, particular trees stand tall in my memory as pedagogically significant, the cheap yellow paint on my pencil peels and reveals flesh—what kind of mushrooms are these? From somewhere deep within the inquiry, beneath the words—how is it possible!—a world approaches. (p. 2)
From chapter one—this is the mystery: meaning
This book is worth every moment of while it takes to read it. It must be read as carefully as mushrooms that always just might be poisonous even if delicious, just might be nourishing even if acrid. We are in a fix—pedagogically, ecologically, in body and mind and otherwise—and it’s going to take some doing to even start undoing this fix.
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