9780861713660

The Great Awakening A Buddhist Social Theory

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  • ISBN13:

    9780861713660

  • ISBN10:

    0861713664

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-10-01
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

David R. Loy is a professor in the faculty of International Studies at Bunkyo University in Japan. A longtime social activist, he is also the author of several books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Buddhist Social Theory?
1(52)
Buddhism and Poverty
53(20)
Pave the Planet or Wear Shoes?
73(18)
Can Corporations Become Enlightened?
91(12)
The Nonduality of Good and Evil: Buddhist Reflections on the New Holy War
103(18)
How to Reform a Serial Killer
121(22)
Zen and the Art of War
143(14)
Remaking Ourselves: On the Duality between Nature and Technology
157(14)
Loving the World As Our Own Body: The Nondualist Ethics of Taoism, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology
171(24)
Afterword: A Nondual Social Theory 195(4)
Notes 199(8)
Bibliography 207(6)
Index 213

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