9781590301722

Hooked!

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    9781590301722

  • ISBN10:

    1590301722

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-02-08
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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Summary

At one time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for a material object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly be happy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we often find ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of course, aim to hook us in this way, and, from a global perspective, our tendency to get hooked fuels the rampant over-consumption that is having a devastating impact on the world's stability and on the environment. According to the contributors to this unique anthology, Buddhism can shed valuable light on our compulsions to consume. Craving and attachment-how they arise and how to free ourselves of them-are central themes of Buddhist thought. The writings in this volume, most of which have never been previously published, offer fresh perspectives and much-needed correctives to our society's tendency to believe that having more will make us happier.Hooked!includes a range of writings on how to apply Buddhist thought and ethics to understand and combat the problem of over-consumption as individuals and collectively. Contributors include popular Western teachers, Asian masters, scholars, and practitioners such as: Pema Chouml;drouml;n-on what is actually happening at the moment we're "hooked," and how to get beyond that. Joseph Goldstein-on how mindfulness training can help us stop "wanting to want." Bhikshuni Thubten Chouml;drouml;n-on how consumer mentality influences spiritual practice. Judith Simmer-Brown-on how cultivating spiritually based activism and compassionate action can help us address the negative effects of consumerism. Rita Gross-on how understanding moderation can curb overconsumption. Santikaro Bhikkhu-on practicing generosity in a consumer world.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Paul Hawken
Introduction 1(16)
Stephanie Kaza
PART ONE Getting Hooked: Desire and Attachment
Desire, Delusion, and DVDs
17(10)
Joseph Goldstein
How We Get Hooked, How We Get Unhooked
27(7)
Pema Chodron
The Inner Pursuit of Happiness
34(15)
Ruben L. F. Habito
Young Buddhists in Shopping Shangri-la
49(14)
Sumi Loundon
Marketing the Dharma
63(13)
Thubten Chodron
You are What You Download
76(13)
Diana Winston
PART TWO Practicing with Desire: Using Buddhist Tools
Cultivating the Wisdom Gaze
89(15)
Judith Simmer-Brown
No River Bigger than Tanha
104(18)
Pracha Hutanuwatr
Jane Rasbash
Taming the ``I Want'' Mind
122(17)
Sunyana Graef
Penetrating the Tangle
139(13)
Stephanie Kaza
Form and Elegance with Just Enough
152(14)
Rita M. Gross
Consuming Time
166(17)
David Loy
Linda Goodhew
PART THREE Buddhist Ethics of Consumption
Three Robes Is Enough
183(15)
Ajahn Amaro
Practicing Generosity in a Consumer World
198(16)
Santikaro
Wash Your Bowls
214(11)
Norman Fischer
Green Power in Contemporary Japan
225(12)
Duncan Ryuken Williams
Mutual Correction
237(14)
David W. Chappell
Notes 251(18)
Contributors 269

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