When the Bachmanns, Perrys, and tar sands of the world have us wringing our hands, sometimes scathing journalistic wit and passionate political protest only add to the noise. Sometimes we all just need a little Buddhist wisdom to soothe our souls. Thich Nhat Hanh to the rescue: The world-famous monk, poet, and peace activist sits down with Canadian enviro David Suzuki and the chair of Suzuki’s foundation, Jim Hoggan, for a talk on how to stay centered and calm in the face of climate change chaos. (Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is also present.) “If we allow despair to take over then we have no strength left for anything at all,” Thich Nhat Hanh says. “Acceptance can bring us peace, and with peace we can have force.” Feeling better already? Check out part of the conversation:

Thich Nhat Hanh also covered how we use consumption to forget our inner suffering. Heavy stuff — but ultimately enlightening and hopeful. Watch the entire 60-minute conversation.

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