Money, Sex, War, Karm: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution
What's Wrong with Sex? * How to Drive Your Karma * Consciousness Commodified * The Karma of Food * The Three Poisons, Institutionalized * Why We Love War.These are just some of the chapters in this brilliant new book from David R. Loy.In little time, Loy has become one of the Buddhist worldview's most powerful advocates, explaining like no one else its ability to transform the sociopolitical landscape of the modern world.In this, his most accessible work to date, he offers sharp and even shockingly clear presentations of oft-misunderstood Buddhist staples-the working of karma, the nature of self, the causes of trouble on both the individual and societal levels-and the real reasons behind our collective sense of''never enough, '' whether it's time, money, sex, security... even war.Loy's''Buddhist Revolution'' is nothing less than a radical change in the ways we can approach our lives, our planet, the collective delusions that pervade our language, culture, and even our spirituality
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David R. Loy's statement in his book, "We live in a world radically different from anything that even Shakyamuni could have anticipated," is probably the most correct statement in the entire book. However, in the last part of that same sentence, he says that because of this, "creative ways of adapting his profound insights" are needed, and yet he doesn't seem to be aware at all of the Lotus Sutra, regarded by many as Shakyamuni's highest teaching, or Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddhist reformist who lived in 13th century Japan and DID creatively adapt the Sutra's profound insights to the modern sensibility. In fact, it is Nichiren's study and clarification of the Lotus Sutra's place in the Buddhist canon that has enabled Buddhism to grow increasingly relevant in this present day. I looked for a mention of Nichiren in Mr. Loy's index. Nope, not there! Therefore, I cannot accept Mr. Loy's premise that "any role socially engaged Buddhists might play will ultimately be minor." Rather, it is my contention that the Buddhism that is based firmly on the tenets of the Lotus Sutra will lead the "much larger movement for peace and social justice that has already begun to develop."