Heart to Heart
A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet
From His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mutt’s cartoonist and award-winning author Patrick McDonnell comes a powerful and timely gem of a book on how to heal our relationship with the planet and each other.
At the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, an unusual visitor has arrived. His Holiness interrupts his morning meditation to greet a troubled Giant Panda who has travelled many miles to see him. Welcoming him as a friend, His Holiness invites the Panda on a walk through a cedar forest. There in the shadow of the Himalayas, surrounded by beauty, they discuss matters great and small . . .
With a galvanizing message about the future of our planet—text by His Holiness accompanied by McDonnell’s masterful illustrations—Heart to Heart calls for a Compassionate Revolution, reminding us that “we are indeed all members of a single family, sharing one little house.” Told with whimsy, wisdom, and warmth, this beautiful book is deceptively simple in its approach and all the more powerful for it, as it elegantly and decisively conveys a message of joy, hope and change.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday, and one is called Tomorrow.”
A world-renowned religious leader and an American cartoonist join forces in this whimsical illustrated volume with a deceptively simple message about saving the planet. The Dalai Lama supplies text and McDonnell, creator of the comic strip Mutts, provides the charming visuals as a panda comes to call on the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala, India. For the panda, the Dalai Lama recalls "the scent of wildflowers" from his childhood and the many animals he saw while traveling from the village of his birth to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Yet since this childhood sojourn, a vast array of wildlife no longer remains. Meanwhile, "Peace and survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities," the Dalai Lama tells the panda, but if humans engage in self-examination and begin "a compassionate revolution," change is possible. Complemented by charming illustrations (seeing the Dalai Llama and a panda in conversation actually works quite well), this book's uplifting message is clear: while the planet's forecast may be dire, each individual is able—and obligated—to harness personal power to help save it. This would make a life-affirming gift for people of all ages.