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Joanna Macy is interviewed by Krista Tippett this week on Being (formerly Speaking of Faith). Macy is a Buddhist scholar, philosopher of ecology, and a translator of Rilke. During the interview they use Rilke’s poetry to frame the conversation about Macy’s work and world paradigm.
Listen to “A Wild Love for the World.”
Here is the Rilke poem that Macy credits with eliminating the "constrictions that my culture had made around the sacred":
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I have been circling around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Listen to Macy read this poem here.
Image: from the flikr photostream of onBeing.