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The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theoryby David R. Loy
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Loy has an academic day job in Japan where he lives, but here he is concerned with reconciling his personal devotion as both a social activist and Zen teacher. Many of the nine essays have been published previously. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The cross-fertilization between Buddhist teachings and Western social analysis results in a Buddhist social theory that illuminates the relationship between them.
Loy has an academic day job in Japan where he lives, but here he is concerned with reconciling his personal devotion as both a social activist and Zen teacher. Many of the nine essays have been published previously. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Includes bibliographical references (p. -212) and index.
The economic, social and ecological crises of modern times calls for a perspective that can incorporate Buddhist insights and principles such as generosity, loving kindness and wisdom. In "The Great Awakening" Buddhist teachings and Western social analysis meet and form a dynamic Buddhist social theory.
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.
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