Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution

Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution❰Epub❯ ➟ Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution Author David R. Loy – Tbjewellers.co.uk What's Wrong with Sex How to Drive Your Karma Consciousness Commodified The Karma of Food The Three Poisons Institutionalized Why We Love War These are just some of the chapters in this brilliant book What's Wrong with War, Karma: Kindle ´ Sex How to Drive Your Karma Consciousness Commodified The Karma of Food The Three Poisons Institutionalized Why We Love War These are just some of the chapters in this brilliant book from David R LoyIn little time Loy has become one of the most Money, Sex, Kindle - powerful advocates of the Buddhist worldview explaining like no one else its ability to transform the sociopolitical landscape of the modern worldIn this his most accessible work to date he offers sharp and even shockingly clear presentations of oft misunderstood Buddhist staples the working of karma the nature Sex, War, Karma: Epub à of self the causes of trouble on both the individual and societal levels and the real reasons behind our collective sense of never enough whether it's time money sex security even warLoy's Buddhist Revolution is nothing less than a radical change in the ways we can approach our Sex, War, Karma: Notes for eBook ↠ lives our planet the collective delusions that pervade our language culture and even our spirituality.

David Robert Loy War, Karma: Kindle ´ is an American author and authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution
  • David R. Loy
  • English
  • 03 February 2015
  • 9780861715589

10 thoughts on “Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution

  1. says:

    I appreciated Loy's identifying urgent social and psychological issues that would likely preoccupy the curious reader who might want to seriously explore Buddhism as a beliefphilosophy that can bring solace and wisdom but who might also be suspicious that Buddhism's uietude tradition would entail abandoning any meaningful engagement with contemporary social and political issues that transcend the concerns of one person Loy does a good job here but a better job in his other book The Great Awakening A Buddhist Social Theory in my opiinion of demonstrating the relevancy of pursuing a Buddhist perspective in order to understand the human impulses that create these socialpolitical problems in the first place such as environmental degradation celebrity culture unchecked capitalist greed etc Loy also does a fine job of introducing some important Buddhist concepts in a lucid and plain speaking style that I think enriches his argument without descending into obscure academic speak Where the book could have been better in my opinion is to talk about how Buddhist practices could help advance solutions and not just explanations of the various socialpolitical issues we all face in the 21st century I was taken aback that there really was no introduction to the Eight fold Path and how pursuing this as a Buddhist practice might inform the ways in which we deal with the issues we confront Maybe that is a whole other book but I really felt it should have been touched upon and the absence of any discussion of practice really made the book read as a rushed job and an incomplete argument But it is only one of a series of writings that Loy has done for showing how Buddhism is relevant to the group concerns we all contribute to and face if we are to bring about a better world for not only us but all living creatures and I deeply respect Loy's ongoing commitment to Buddhist Social Activism

  2. says:

    While the title is a bit hokey in its attention grabbiness the idea behind Money Sex War Karma is pretty good a series of short essays on how some of the concerns of modern life might be viewed through a Buddhist lens After all the argument goes if 21st century Buddhism doesn't have anything substantive and helpful to say about how we make and spend money or treat the environment or regard ourselves in the media then what actual good is it to anyone?As a project or a prospect I find this approach a welcome contrast to how Buddhism most often rears its head lately as the unmentioned origin story for that corporation sanctioned half hour of Mindfulness that was slipped into the yearly budget because some studies suggested it might result in a slight productivity boost Is this Buddhist? asks someone from the cube pod down the hall and the facilitator looks kind of uncomfortable and says well not necessarily And she's right the tangible physical and psychological for realsies no fooling science backed benefits of 10 minutes meditation are indeed available to anyone who wants them no strings attached I just think that when you realize that the method does indeed work and you wonder how the method was arrived at and you discover that the answer is several thousand years of intense repeated research which led incidentally to all sorts of other pretty weird and eually verifiable discoveries about what human minds are and how they work and you then say ok I'll take the 10 minutes and head back to my cube thanks I personally find that a little perverse although I do understand and sympathize we all have a lot to do Which is kind of the subject of these essays what it is exactly that we're doing or think we're doing The overall thesis that gets explored here involves what Buddhism calls the three poisons or the three unwholesome roots usually translated as Greed Hatred and Delusion We perceive the world wrongly and in doing so create a false self that we picture as separate from the rest of the world intensely fragile and constantly under threat The author posits that we are doing this not only at the level of the individual but en masse at a societal level as well which just makes common sense as our late stage hyper consumer capitalism is driven by mass anxieties about never having enough or doing enough or being enough anxieties that the various powers that be are than happy to stoke for their own endsI didn't find any of the essays all that incisive nor did I learn a whole lot but again it's the general shape of the project I admire here If Mindfulness is really going to have any value in our culture and not just be the latest fad subsumed by the machine and converted to a tool of corporate mind and body control its practitioners have to acknowledge its roots and admit that it's pointing to something significant The reason it makes you feel better is that you're spending a few moments deliberately stepping outside the rat maze that your brain runs around in all day As a society and a culture we owe it to ourselves to take an additional moment to look at that maze from outside and give some thought to what it gives us and what it takes away from us before jumping back in

  3. says:

    A collection of thoughtful magazine essays but overall not as meaty Buddhist pun as Loy's other books He does a solid job of translating some key Buddhist ideas into today's context and his examination of how they apply to current dukkha causing aspects of modern life should be helpful to anyone interested in socially engaged Buddhism

  4. says:

    A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this book though it sounds odd to say so The book is a terrific set of essays as seen through the lens of Buddhism each of the essays focus on individual aspects of our culture that affect our ability to deal properly with reality Much of the book deals with the way that our culture even than this any culture screws us up as we define our I in our own cultural context but is written in such a straightforward way that it is pretty compelling

  6. says:

    Essential perspective from a wondrous teacher

  7. says:

    Subtitle Notes for a Buddhist Revolution It passed through my mind to tell you that it was a sort of zen Anarchist's Cookbook with recipes for pipe bombs and drug use and such just because it would sound so absurd to western ears We associate buddhism in the west with nonviolence and tolerance and I think David Loy uses the word revolution in part to get our attention To a certain degree though it is than a gimmick and if his notes were followed widely it would be than a little disruptiveThe title is actually fairly descriptive Money sex war and karma are all discussed as problematic parts of modern society and of course then he presents his ideas on how Zen Buddhism would address the issues they each raiseIn the three cases of money sex and even war Loy does not completely condemn them However he points out the self sustaining bureaucracies either government corporate or alliances of the two which cultivate and thrive upon satisfying our need as a society for all of these The way in which bureaucracies can acuire a life of their own and act in self perpetuating ways is reminiscent of Dawkins' selfish gene or the libertarian observation that government agencies tend to act in ways which justify their continued existenceTo his credit Loy does not shrink from critiuing traditional Buddhism along with western capitalism and the section on karma is a good example of this The opening words of the relevant chapter are What are we going to do about karma? There's no point in pretending that karma hasn't become a problem for contemporary Buddhism Hearing a religious thinker say something like that about their own religion is a refreshing change He ends up retaining the concept for his own beliefs but not without substantial changes relative to how it is practiced in many Buddhist nationsMost of the book though is taken up with an analysis of the obsessions of western culture with money sex and war It owes as much to Chomsky as Dogen but unlike Chomsky who is brilliant at analyzing the failures of existing power structures without being particularly effective at suggesting how to change them or what we would want to change them to Loy spends eual amounts of time on the problem and how we might go about taking it onDoes any of it matter? Well if it reuires a nation to become majority Buddhist first then no It is my impression that most thoughtful and knowledgeable people would find Loy's analysis useful even if they were not Buddhist before or after reading it but I don't know if I'm the right person to evaluate that Most importantly is probably that it seems to address the western Buddhist community on such topics making it in some ways the liberation theology of Zen Catholicism or at least the previous two popes turned its back uite decisively on liberation theology It will be intriguing to see how asian Buddhism responds to Loy's book if at allMost religions are only able to remain truly revolutionary when they are young and as they grow older and successful they have a lamentable tendency to become enad of the status uo In the west Buddhism is a young upstart but in east Asia it has long been used to justify keeping those at the top who are already there Not perhaps than other religions of similar size but not really any less soAnything that helps to shine a different light on how our modern mix of money and power drives us and itself is a welcome addition to one's intellectual arsenal

  8. says:

    David Loy is a leading Buddhist scholarteacherpractitioner who has spent much of his career writing about the encounter between Buddhist teachings and practices and the contemporary world His basic thesis is that the existential sense of 'lack' building on the traditional teaching of anatta is the driving force behind individual and collective suffering The three poisons of greed ill will and delusion have been institutionalized in the social institutions of the Corporation greed; ie they are never profitable enough Militarism ill will and the Media and Advertising delusionJust one example of his interesting critiue is in how he asserts that the issue of money is not that it makes us materialistic but that in fact it makes us LESS so We begin to value the symbolic value of money above what we can actually buy with it A wealthy person may be concerned with how her luxury sporty car advances her social prestige rather than with simply enjoying its practical comforts The price of the bottle of wine and how it reflects upon one's perceived value becomes important that the taste of the wine itselfThis book is an easy to read conversational passionate appeal to its readers to break out of complacent acceptance and to uestion how and what kinds of alternative visions we can collectively create to uite literally save the life of our planet As he writes We need an alternative to 'there's no alternative' kinds of thinking

  9. says:

    Offers a really interesting perspective on what Buddhism and the modern western world have to offer each other tying together Buddhist tenets of no self non duality etc with recent ideas of western psychology and philosophy; it's pretty cool to have light shed on these somewhat esoteric Buddhist ideas by comparison to Nietzsche Wittgenstein Freud etc especially regarding how language misleads us but is still necessary and how the self is a psychological and social construct according to this book the basic problem of suffering or lack in the Buddhist sense comes from the groundlessness the self senses and the misguided methods it tries to use to reassure itself of its reality eg money sex warThe other main thing that's new to me is the attempt to apply these ideas to the modern world and see where they can help One conclusion is that we have institutionalized collective delusion that the delusions of the sum of us are greater than our individual delusions The author's analysis of karma as something practical than the old reincarnation as a dung beetle or something stereotype something psychological rather than mystical makes the solution to all this anxiety alienation violence and delusion pretty obvious albeit not easy

  10. says:

    This book is a selection of essays and there is no doubting David Loy's scholarship and insight and therefore his ualifications to attempt a work such as this However I was disappointed by the book because the content was so patchy Some essays offer a Buddhist perspective on social issues which is little than a re statement of a social issue using the language of Buddhism Others offer exciting insight and valuable perspective that is a delight in the way that it challenges the way we relate to the world In general I found the earlier essays to be in the former category and the later essays to be the latter I would not recommend the book although I will continue to buy and read everything that Loy writes

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