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David Loy Article: Enter... the Bodhisattva

Postby Carol on Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:15 pm

In this month's Lion's Roar online.

Enter… the Bodhisattva

by David Loy| April 12, 2016

David Loy on why the bodhisattva ideal is what the world needs now.
Practitioners who cultivate the personal realization of buddha knowledge dwell in the bliss of whatever is present and do not abandon their practice.
~Lankavatara Sutra
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Re: David Loy Article: Enter... the Bodhisattva

Postby Humbaba on Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:47 pm

Great article, thanks for sharing!

As Paul Hawken points out in Blessed Unrest, there are already a vast number of large and small organizations working for peace, social justice, and sustainability—at least a million and perhaps over two million, he estimates. the question is whether a buddhist perspective has something distinctive to offer this movement.

Personally, I'm not that optimistic. I don't know if we are doomed. But that is a very real possibility. Even if it were still possible to turn things around, the political and social conflicts may very well make any sort of meaningful international agreement impossible.

The political and social climate has definitely turned for the worse in the last 50 years. Back then, I remember peace demonstrations that brought a million people onto the streets. Today, nobody cares about peace any longer. To many people, military responses to conflicts are becoming increasingly acceptable and those who advocate reconciliation and peace are vilified. In Europe, thousands of kids go fighting on both sides of the conflicts in the Middle East and in Ukraine. Islamists and Islamophobes alike consider random killing of civilians fair game and an expression of their highest spiritual ambition.

No, I really don't think there is any hope.

Isn't there a Buddhist theory of history according to which future generations of people will degenerate or become less capable of enlightenment?
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Re: David Loy Article: Enter... the Bodhisattva

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:30 pm

"Movements" come, and movements go. That's the nature of movements.

A "Buddhist perspective" can't be a really powerful one. But, a perspective from awakening can be (powerful).

Thus, it's all on the practitioner. One does well to put oneself in the best and most conducive position for effective practice.

What is that, ultimately? Why, it's just to begin correctly, and continue. Practice will change (evolve) as it needs to.

But practice is the key word in anything Buddhist. Practice; and Awakening (as the Buddha woke up).

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Re: David Loy Article: Enter... the Bodhisattva

Postby fukasetsu on Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:41 pm

Thanks Joe.

Yes, it's all on the practisioner, the right conditions will always come if the seed of correct practise is there.
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