The Interfaith Summer Institute has booked David Loy to speak at a conference it is hosting in Vancouver in March: 3/5/10 to 3/7/10. He also has kindly offered to do something with Vancouver BPF while he is in town. Sunday, March 7 is the most likely day for BPF.
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“Their task is a daunting one. It will take longer to test all of the tube wells than it took to dig them.”
The Interfaith Summer Institute has invited David Loy to speak at a conference it is hosting in Vancouver in March: 3/5/10 to 3/7/10. If he accepts, he may also do something with Vancouver BPF while he is in town. Meanwhile you can read a draft of his latest article, posted below. Read the rest of this entry »
“The pernicious idea that democracy lies in the choice between competing brands and the freedom to accumulate … wealth at the expense of others has collapsed. The conflation of freedom with the free market has been exposed as a sham.” [article]
“But what is most distinctive about the Buddha’s social analysis is that the fundamental dichotomy is not between good and evil but between delusion/ignorance on one side and wisdom/enlightenment on the other. The challenge is to understand our economic system not primarily in terms of some people selfishly exploiting others but instead as a system of collective greed and delusion. Some suffer much more than others, of course, but even those at the top are trapped by their own ego-based cravings.” – David Loy [interview and essay, “The Midas Economy”]
Also see “Why Buddhism Needs the West” on tricycle.
“Corporatism is about crushing the capacity for moral choice. And it has its logical fruition in Abu Ghraib, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our lack of compassion for the homeless, our poor, the mentally ill, the unemployed and the sick.” [article]
The incursion into Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. [… It] is about building a hell on earth. […] Life will become a nightmare for most Palestinians and, in the years ahead, for most Israelis. [article]
Chris Hedges writes in Truthdig on Mondays. He used to be Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.
Gaza is burning. The violence must end before anything else can happen. We can all think nice thoughts about right and wrong, who acted first, who acted worst. We can argue about politics — national, international, geopolitical, corporate. Whatever intellectual thread my mind pulls at quickly comes to a hopeless tangle. [article]
Eastern spirituality will flower
“… global Buddhism is growing more socially ‘engaged’ (as Christianity, Judaism and Islam always have been). In the past two years, formerly hermit-like Buddhist monks have been at the heart of protests against brutal regimes in Myanmar and China.” [article]
“You may hear bursts of gunfire or explosions during this sesshin,” the sign read. That gave me pause. Formal Rinzai Zen practice with Joshu Roshi was always intense, but gunplay had never before been part of the equation. As I read on, I realized that a movie was being shot in the neighborhood. It figured. Here in LA, reality and illusion mingle effortlessly.