The Cycle of Life:
An History of Experimental Ecology

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Joan Halifax, The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom (New York: Grove Press, 1993).

In The Fruitful Darkness, Joan Halifax discusses the practice of ecology, and ecology of mind and spirit in relation to the Earth, and ecology that sees initiation as a way of reconciling self and other, and ecology that confirms the yield of darkness, the fruit of suffering, and ecology of compassion. Like Buddhism and shamanism, deep ecology is centered on questioning and directly understanding our place in the web of creation. Expressing this understanding as "nonduality," she writes that we cannot exist without the presence and support of the interconnecting circles of creation--the geosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the sphere of our sun. (Pp. xxx, 137).

Case 1
  William Paley, Natural Theology, 1794
  Carl Linnaeus, Nemesis Divina, 1758
  George Gregory, The Economy of Nature, 1804
Case 2
  Vladimir Vernadsky, Biosphere and Noosphere, 1939
  Pierre Teilard de Chardin, Human Energy, 1969
  Pierre Teilard de Chardin, The Heart of Matter, 1978
Case 3
  John Neale Dalton, The Book of Common Prayer, 1920
  Joan Halifax, The Fruitful Darkness, 1993
  Hans Dirk van Hoogstraten, Deep Economy, 2001
  Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan, The Garden of Microbial Delights, 1993
  Nina Witoszek and Andrew Brennan, eds., Philosophical Dialogues, 1999
  Roger S. Gottlieb, ed., This Sacred Earth, 2004
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