Zen and the Art of Social Movement Maintenance JAMES K ROWE 27 March 2015 This article was originally published by Waging Nonviolence. Activists meditating in Zuccotti Park during Occupy. Credit: Waging Nonviolence/Karsten Braaten. Angela Davis, revolutionary activist and philosopher, is a committed yogi. She began practicing in prison when a doctor working with the Black Panther… Read More What’s Mindfulness Got To Do With It?
editor: The following are two articles on the life and work of Damcho Dyson, formerly a Tibetan nun who “disrobed” as a monastic and then years later “robed” once again as a latex fetish queen. There has been some discussion about BDSM, fetish and Buddhist practice, but very cautionary and ‘hush-hush.’ Brad Warner, founder of Hardcore… Read More Fetish, BDSM and Awakening
How does spirituality connect to social change? [editor: This is the second article on non-dualism] MICHAEL EDWARDS 22 May 2017 originally published at opendemocracy.net/transformation Credit: © Nevit Dilmen. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Three months before his death from pancreatic cancer in 1994, the British playwright Dennis Potter was interviewed for the BBC… Read More The mysticism of wide open eyes
The next three posts explore non-dualism from Hindu and Buddhist perspectives. The first is by Jody Radzik, whose slideshare “The Folk Theory of Nondual Enlightenment” looks at both Buddhist/Theravada concepts of ‘non-self’ and Hindu/Mahayana concepts of non-dualism and Advaita Vedanta. Jody reveals with brilliant simplicity the underlying assumptions of each, and why they ultimately fall… Read More Folk Theory of Non-Dual Awareness
Russell and George discuss the collapse of democracy as an effective political system and ask “what’s next?” Monbiot offers a potential for a new democracy based on community and belonging. You can hear the spiritual overtones as Monbiot and Brand discuss a politics of attachment, mutual regard and community https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/011-fascism-or-democracy-is-this-our-last-chance-to/id1212064750?i=1000385544050&mt=2 Monbiot has a new book coming… Read More Monbiot and Brand: Fascism or Democracy?
Joe BrewerMay 17, 2017, originally published at Medium Storm clouds gather for a future that will be turbulent and dangerous. We need designers ready for this future. Design schools all over the world are failing their students by ignoring the most important challenges they will face as they live through a time of unprecedented disruption and… Read More A Design School for Planetary Collapse
The Deconstructed Church, by Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel (Oxford University Press, 2014), reflects many of the observations and ideas that I have written about in this blog, as part of my own experience as a Buddhist. I have often said (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), that Buddhism has survived through 2600 years… Read More The Self-Deconstructed Religion