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The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:57 am

Greetings Lazy,

Not that I'm aware of, but it's available to buy online very cheap at the Buddhist Cultural Centre bookshop in Kandy, who seem to be momentarily off-line... "We are coming back online in less than a day!" if the construction page is to be believed.

http://www.buddhistcc.net/bookshop/inde ... anguage=en

Cheap here too - http://books.luckdhana.com/index.php?ro ... ct_id=1334

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:13 am

How about an Executive Summary Retro? :reading:

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:21 am

Greetings Mike,

Well it's a thesis, and (keeping in mind, I'm only a quarter of the way through it) it seems to be spending most of the first section just legitimizing that "Early Buddhism" has any legitimate basis upon which to speak on the subject Economic Philosophy, addressing and ruling out potential objections from the likes of Max Weber.

Many interesting sutta quotations along the way, and whilst it's not yet putting forward a theory as such, the purpose is to show that material and spiritual development may not be merely compatible, but mutually synergistic.

As it is, the main thrust of what's been said to date, in a practical sense, is that it's very important for the lay Buddhist to find appropriate balance between material and spiritual cultivation.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

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Re: Chownah et al: civil disobedience is complaining; but it's also an attempt to do so peacefully.

Re: the article: Deprivation's always relative. Better to practice being content with what one has.

It's natural to want to overthrow perceived and actual oppressors. But followers of the Buddha know the most dangerous oppressors are within. Until one can extend sati to daily life, it's probably wisest to let the less conflicted (between "Enlightenment" and The Enlightenment) do the overthrowing. The danger of politics is that it's necessarily bound with idealism, a pernicious fabricator of fabricated things.

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

Postby namaste » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:55 pm

Joan Halifax wrote a good essay about this, that can be seen on ZFI's Occupy WallStreet thread. "This is what compassion looks like", she titled it. She writes that the Buddha taught how a king should govern properly, so as to look after his subjects compassionately. He would definitely have been on the side of the "99%" .

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

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It is false, once the dichotomy of self and other is seen as false, until then it is very valid.

Why did the Buddha urge us to cherish all sentient beings like a mother cherishes her only child? Was he setting up false dichotomies?
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Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

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