Social Justice

Buddhism teaches that we are noble by our actions, not by birth or circumstance
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    Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; The Spirit of Evolution Paid Member

    Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of EvolutionKen WilberShambhala: Boston & London, 1995.831 pp., $40.00 (cloth). Ken Wilber has written a big book. Although different from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, this book is also designed to help us sober up. Wilber wants us to sober up from the reductionistic, shortsighted, antisacred, antispiritual, greedy, materialistic way of thinking that has ruled Western culture for the last two or three thousand years. Sex, Ecology, Spirituality is the first of three volumes. More »
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    It's Not Our Karma Paid Member

    THE SRI LANKAN VILLAGE where the Theravadin Buddhist nun P. G. Ranwala built her temple is in the upcountry, miles from any city. One-story mud-and-thatch houses painted pastel pink, blue, and green, and deeply ridged paddy fields carved into the mountainside below give the village a prosperous feeling, although the people here live on the edge of poverty. Before Ranwala came, the villagers waited weeks for monks to come from the city of Kandy to perform chanting ceremonies and other Buddhist rituals on their behalf. Most parents relied on weekly radio programs to provide religious education to their children. More »
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    Let Them Eat Empathy Paid Member

    I’m no marketing executive, but I’ve watched enough TV to understand the basic syllogism underlying all endorsements: celebrity X is well-liked; celebrity X will appear with a product; therefore the product will be well-liked. Variations arise, of course, depending on what the advertisers are trying to sell. They get Megan Fox to endorse jeans because she’s sexy. They get George Clooney to endorse tequila because he’s classy. And, as it turns out, they get His Holiness the Dalai Lama to endorse market capitalism because he’s virtuous. More »
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    The Man-made Obstacle Paid Member

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    Every Revolution Needs Fresh Poems Paid Member

    Every revolution needs fresh poemsthat is the reasonpoetry cannot die.It is the reason poetsgo without sleepand sometimes without loverswithout new carsand without fine clothesthe reason we committo facing the darkandresign ourselves, regularly, to the possibilityof being wrong.Poetry is leading us.It never cares how we willbe held by loversor drive fastor look goodin the moment;but about how completelywe are committedto movementboth inner and outer;and devoted to transformationand to change. From The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers, by Alice Walker © 2014 The New Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. More »