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David Loy: Update and Shambala Sun Article

December 13, 2009

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.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the latest David Loy article in the Shambhala Sun. Thanks to the Jizo Chronicles for the heads-up on this article.

Getting It So Wrong: Arsenic in the Water

August 6, 2009

“Now, decades after the first arsenic alerts were sounded, Bangladeshi authorities and Unicef are finally testing the tube wells in order to gauge the extent of the contamination.

“Their task is a daunting one. It will take longer to test all of the tube wells than it took to dig them.”

Al Jazeera [article] Google [search]

David Loy: Update and Latest Article

July 8, 2009

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 »

Hedges: The Truth Alone Will Not Set You Free

July 6, 2009

“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]

Chris Hedges writes in Truthdig on Mondays. He used to be Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.

David Loy on the Financial Crisis

April 16, 2009

“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.

Hedges: America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout

March 24, 2009

“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]

Chris Hedges writes in Truthdig on Mondays. He used to be Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.

Chris Hedges: The Language of Death

January 12, 2009

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 and the Ritual of Mutual Destruction

January 6, 2009

image - gaza-children-2008 - from The Buddhist Channelby Hozan Alan Senauke

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]

Five spiritual trends to watch for in 2009

January 3, 2009

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]

Sesshin with Sasaki Roshi

December 24, 2008

At 101 years of age, Joshu Sasaki Roshi is still teaching his unique brand of Zen. Michael Haederle offers us a rare look at this enigmatic master.

“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.

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