We’re in Australia and New Zealand for Day 3 of the International Council online! And today we hear about conversations around social engagement as Buddhists: the passion and the potential pitfalls, especially when we prize harmony as a deep value in community.
- Revisiting some working principles from last year from which to engage with issues:
exemplification, renunciation, awareness, right effort, the precepts, right livelihood, spiritual friendship, ethical speech, conditionality, karma, active compassion.
- Discussing ways we can cultivate non-polarisation in discussion.
- Hearing a range of voices.
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Do OMs agree that the Nuclear Family is the basic building block of consumer capitalism and that without it we may be able to build Sukavati?
Is this mentioned in the video/Council Discussion? Or is it just a personal question from you?
If it’s the latter….. I’m no economist but I would imagine that ‘capital’ is the basic building block of consumer capitalism. With in turn a market economy in which the capital, in the form of goods and services, flows based on supply and demand.
All the Best, Aranyaka
Capital is the breath, the breather is the consumer. The more we consume, and want to consume, the more the planet is ravaged for the materials needed.
The Amazon package arriving is the in breath and the debris that we put out as rubbish is the out breath.
The Nuclear Family is the prime organ of consumption which is why so much advertising is aimed at it or at particular members of it.
I think (or was projecting) how ‘middle class’ a lot of the OMs speaking were coming across. There seemed very little emphasis on living the ‘simple life’, everyone looking quite well heeled and comfortable.
Now I reach the contradictory/hypocritical point- so am I.
Am finding some of the talks interesting and think generally that folks are heading in the right direction in applying the Dharma to their lives (not that I’m really qualified to judge).
So ‘Give the Anarchist a Cigarette‘. Keep on trucking and good luck.
Best wishes, Siddhiratna
Great to hear the importanceis being highlighted of finding ways having the difficult discussions around current social issues that both respond to the presenting issues as well as the polarised tensions that can ensue.
Equally great to hear the importance of inviting wider input from a range of perspectives around the order into discussions being recognised. This seems crucial, as pointed out, going into the future if we are to accommodate the range of perspectives in ways that unite rather than divide us as a community.
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