The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory

The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory

by David R. Loy

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The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory by David R. Loy

The most essential insight that Buddhism offers is that all our individual suffering arises from three and only three sources, known in Buddhism as the three poisons: greed, ill-will, and delusion. In The Great Awakening, scholar and Zen teacher David Loy examines how these three poisons, embodied in society's institutions, lie at the root of all social maladies as well. The teachings of Buddhism present a way that the individual can counteract these to alleviate personal suffering, and in the The Great Awakening Loy boldly examines how these teachings can be applied to institutions and even whole cultures for the alleviation of suffering on a collective level.

This book will help both Buddhists and non-Buddhists to realize the social importance of Buddhist teachings, while providing a theoretical framework for socially engaged members of society to apply their spiritual principles to collective social issues. The Great Awakening shows how Buddhism can help our postmodern world develop liberative possibilities otherwise obscured by the anti-religious bias of so much contemporary social theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780861718634
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 10/01/1997
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 372 KB

About the Author

David R. Loy's previous books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati's Xavier University.

Table of Contents

1Buddhist Social Theory?1
2Buddhism and Poverty53
3Pave the Planet or Wear Shoes?73
4Can Corporations Become Enlightened?91
5The Nonduality of Good and Evil: Buddhist Reflections on the New Holy War103
6How to Reform a Serial Killer121
7Zen and the Art of War143
8Remaking Ourselves: On the Duality between Nature and Technology157
9Loving the World As Our Own Body: The Nondualist Ethics of Taoism, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology171
Afterword: A Nondual Social Theory195

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