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Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution Paperback – March 10, 2008
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"I know of no other book that holds more promise for the survival and relevance of Buddhism in the modern world." (Lin Jensen, author of Pavement)
"This book is revolutionary! The clear and concise explanations of Buddhist perspectives on rarely approached topics such as sex, war, and money are an inspiration. If you are interested in personal or societal change, this is a book you need to read." (Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx)
"Loy is a subversive, undermining our cherished opinions and revealing a revolutionary world of human possibility. He describes an emerging Buddhism that speaks to the Western heart and mind and offers hope in a world that has too little. Long live this revolution!" (James Ishmael Ford, author of If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break)
"David Loy's Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution might have a flashy title, but it is a serious and substantial book that poses real challenges to the reader. Loy argues with conviction that in order to have relevance in the West, the dharma must find the middle way between its many traditional Asian forms and the contemporary Western feel-good consumerism that characterize much of today's spiritualism." (Buddhadharma)
"For Loy, Buddhism is not just some gentle spiritual path; it's a tool for social criticism and change. But the revolutionary sword cuts both ways, and just as the West needs Buddhism, says Loy, a living, vital Buddhism also needs the West." (Shambhala Sun)
"Loy's thought provoking book has wide appeal: for people not so familiar with Buddhist thought and practice his emphasis is on why this 2500 year old religion is relevant today. For seasoned Buddhist practitioners, the book keeps us from thinking too small. Loy's analysis is a challenge to practice in the world wholeheartedly." (Mountain Record)
"David Loy's is an urgent and vital voice in the Buddhist world, and his latest work is a passionate and bold survey of some of the big issues that face us individually and collectively. This thoughtful, probing work warrants the attention of anyone interested in creative change on either an individual or social level. I strongly recommend it." (Western Buddhist Review)
"Direct, articulate, and profound. David R. Loy succinctly analyzes primary areas of our collective modern entanglements with suffering: consumerism, money values, ecological collapse, sexuality, relationships, time, language, identity, godlessness and the commodification of consciousness. In each case he brings to bear the core teachings of the Buddha in profound, up-to-date reflections on our collective situation." (Inquiring Mind)
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Money Sex War Karma, first and foremost, is an insightful, well-written and suprisingly critical look at Buddhism. I found the short book completely riveting and full of useful criticism. As a person who has always been interested in the teachings of the Buddha and never in the religion of Buddhism, this book articulated many vague notions that have been swirling around in my head for many, many years. How refreshing to see one of Buddhism's own teachers and practitioners offer such an insightful and well-reasonable approach to finding an authentic Buddhist path. Loy's analysis has the potential to make Buddhist teachings not only relevant to the 21st century, but indispensable.
These essays possess the wisdom to help transform not only one's day to day practice, but Buddhism as an institution. Buddhists are wise to pay attention to Loy's sage and sane words.
"Money Sex War Karma" tries to tackle the effects of human delusion on a societal, even global scale, and tries to posit how principals of Buddhism can help bring some healing and peace to a very sick world. Clearly, this is a huge undertaking, and you could make the argument that the author bit off more than he could possibly chew. Well, so what? If the point of Buddhism is, ultimately, to wake up from our suffering, deluded state and benefit the world around us, isn't it time someone started talking about the possible ways to do that?
One of the more interesting discussions in the book involves comparing the "three poisons" of Buddhist philosophy (greed, ill will, delusion) with three major human institutions that serve as direct manifestations of it (corporations, the military, and the media, respectively). Critics may call David Loy's essays naive, simplistic, liberal, or worse, but I'd prefer the dialog he is trying to perpetuate to the snarky, finger-pointing childishness that passes for most discourse.
Without going into self/no self and karma, I will say that this offers a fresh look. We are fortunate to have serious students of the dharma in the west today. As the ancient sutras are often cryptic seeming and even seem non applicable, it's good to know there are men and women that can bring forth it's wisdom in plain English.
I feel like he uses 10 words when only 4 are needed.
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Loy has a unique talent for bringing relevance and clarity to eastern thought. Additionally, I find his works very readable, and not at all in the vein of mathematical... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robin Hood
David Loy deconstructs the content of our daily news into money, sex, karma, and war. Lacking a self, we try to fill ourselves up with money, with sex, with war. Yes. Us.Published 17 months ago by Cheryl Wilfong
Perfect for a buddhist looking for a wider view to asses his own understanding of himself and his world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Britt
David knows his Buddhist logic quite well. This is a very well thought-out guide to understanding Buddhism. A joy to read!Published on June 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I originally bought this book for a class and I loved it. A lot of great insights but you have to understand the Buddhist religion prior to reading this book.Published on September 15, 2011 by bengalia15