By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Fri, 15 Jan, 2016 - 10:59
The following is an important and original combination of a review of Vaddhaka’s book The Buddha on Wall Street, and an article exploring some political implications of Vaddhaka’s Buddhist critique of neo-liberal capitalism.
A review-article of Vaddhaka Linn, The Buddha on Wall Street, Windhorse Publications, Cambridge, 2015
Bryan Magee, in Confessions of a Philosopher, says, of Schopenhauer and Hegel, ‘I do not think anything in the whole history of philosophy compares with this invective by one now world-famous philosopher against another’ (1998, p.466). The feud between philosophers...
What does it mean to live ‘a simple life’ in the 21st century?
Do we even discuss this frequently, or at all, with our Buddhist friends? As we come to the end of Buddhist Action Month, but hopefully only to the beginning of further engagement with the issues raised over the month, this might be an interesting and fruitful question to discuss. How much do we make conscious the fact that we have all grown up and been conditioned by the ethos...
Report by Adam Dinan about the launch of Vaddhaka’s book The Buddha on Wall Street which happened as part of Buddhist Action Month in the Dublin Buddhist Centre:-
A large crowd gathered at Dublin Buddhist Centre on Friday June 13th to witness the launch of Vaddhaka Linn’s new book, The Buddha on Wall Street. As part of the launch, Vaddhaka delivered a Dharma Talk on the topic of “Evolution, Capitalism, and The Buddha”.
He began by describing how the organisation of our economic system is greatly influenced...
…at least this is what Slavoj Zizek, a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic who writes an occasional column for the Guardian newspaper in England, has suggested. Vaddhaka quotes him in his book ‘The Buddha On Wall Street’*:
“According to Zizek, what he calls ‘Western Buddhism’ is the ‘perfect ideological supplement’ to capitalism. He believes that the emphasis in ‘Western Buddhism’ on meditation encourages Buddhists to create an inner distance from the ‘mad dance’ of modern capitalism, to give up any attempt to...
By vajratara on Sun, 21 Sep, 2014 - 16:25Friday 26 - Tuesday 30 June 2015
Vaddhaka and Vajratara will be running this retreat next year at Adhisthana. It is a really good opportunity to get to grips with the teaching of Dr Ambedkar and his relevance to the modern world and why supporting the Indian Ordination process is of relevance not just to Indian Buddhism, but to world Buddhism and modern global society! The Indian Order have something unique to offer the world.
By Rijupatha on Wed, 16 Jul, 2014 - 18:47We are pleased to share the three keynote talks from last month’s International Retreat. Our second FBA Podcast in the series is “Going Beyond Capitalism – A Buddhist Perspective”. Vaddhaka inspires Triratna Buddhists to learn more about economics and challenge the Neo-liberal economists notion that individual greed will lead to everyone benefiting. He encourages us to embrace Sangharakshitas vision of a New Society as an alternative way of being for the world.