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Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume Paperback – February 8, 2005
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"Stephanie Kaza is gently and winningly shrewd; Buddhism is the faith practice that has looked most clearly at desire and what it means. This volume, therefore, is extremely readable and extremely useful to those of us from other faith traditions trying to come to grips with the modern plague of consumption."—Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
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I have always considered myself a minimalist. For many of my college years, I had only the bare minimum I needed to get by, with a few perks (a computer always being one of those perks). But the real reason that I was a minimalist, was that I spent so much time moving from place to place, that I didn't want to have to haul all my stuff around, so I kept my possessions light (except for the heavy 286 I lugged around everywhere.)
Now, I live in a house that is crammed full of stuff. Much of that stuff is mine, but it's also a lot of stuff for the kids. Mostly it's stuff that we don't use very often. I get a grand satisfaction in having garage sales and giving away bags of stuff, yet the space that giving stuff away makes is soon filled with more things. I struggle with this issue a lot, because although I don't feel that I need very much, I actually do have more stuff than I think, and that makes me uncomfortable.
So, reading Hooked! was scary for me. Fortunately, Buddhist views are generally less extreme than mainstream environmentalism and anti-consumerism. Most of the essays in Hooked! have a moderate viewpoint, and focus more on being aware, than being guilty. I found the first section of essays to be the most enlightening (pun intended), as it spoke of what makes humans, and in particular Americans, have an incessant desire to have more stuff.Read more ›
I think that the book will likely affect anyone who reads it, by challenging us to look at how we live. To really see, feel and understand how our lifestyles affect the earth is in itself a revelation. Most of us have only intellectualized about the link. The other side of the coin is the way in which the material world challenges our spiritual development.
This is not a call for us all to become austere non-consumers, but instead a series of suggestions for becoming more conscious consumers who leave less of a footprint on the earth. What is different about this book and what so clearly differentiates it from so many environmentalist works, is that the Buddhist worldview is by its very nature based on awareness, balance and temperance. It does not tell you that you need to live in a tent and eat tofu and lentils. Though if you want to, that's obviously just fine. Instead it points you toward a more healthy and balanced way of living, while avoiding the common trap of replacing one set of addictions - say chocolate and over-consumption - with another: such as Buddhism or some other spiritual path.
The last section is about giving.Read more ›
This book is outstanding. In fact it is one of the best books I have ever read. (No, I am not the author and I don't own stock in the publisher.) The book deals with the subjects in the subtitle comprehensively and with lots of perspective. The article by Diana Winston is one of the funniest (and best) ones in the whole book and readers will probably relate to it immediately, both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. I totally recommend this book. James.
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Very enlightening. I would recommend this book toanyone looking for answers about the energy behind our true desires.Published 17 months ago by Brenny Foster
While I must have no attachment, this book was a good read.Published 20 months ago by Arctic vortex
My lame title aside, this book was a solid read. Some of the writings were downright fascinating, especially the essay on time. Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by BraMaster
This is a great collection of articles on using Buddhist practice to deal with our consumerist culture. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by M. Sullivan
This is a tremendous publication, in that, the message it presents is universal and not limited to any particular religious or economic philosophy. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by James H. Williams
I bought this book to help me motivate myself to keep from amassing more junk and to weed out my physical space in an attempt to declutter my mind and alleviate stress... Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Michelle V. Owens-martin