In one of the very first pieces I wrote for this blog, “Outcastes as Activists: A Tantric Approach to Engaged Buddhism“, I introduced the idea of activism from a tantric perspective. I am now going forward with a more fully developed model, by constructing a Mandala of Sacred Activism. The Mandala is a model of… Read More Mandala of Sacred Activism
Engage! is dedicating it’s space on the web to highlight one cause, and this time it’s Detention Watch Network’s campaign to end family detention, to end the rape and abuse of women and children in immigrant detention centers, to demand justice for the “disappearance” of 1500 children under DHS custody…this brutality and injustice is an… Read More Engage w/Detention Watch Network
ENGAGE! IS THE DHARMA OF CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT, social, scientific and spiritual. Our mission is to bring about awakening through the exploration of our deep interconnectedness, our interbeing with the phenomenal world. Engage! is beginning a new project of focusing on social innovation and creativity. If you would like to participate in this project, by submitting articles… Read More Get Engaged! Submit Your Beautiful Noise
I am reproducing part of this latest blog post by eco-poiesis (I don’t know their name or anything about them; it’s not public information) because it is a brilliant application of Buddhist Madhyamaka to political economy. It is also a brilliant explanation of Madhyamaka itself. Nirvāṇa/Saṃsāra; Commonism/Capitalism DECEMBER 10, 2018 byECO-POIESIS A general strategy that… Read More Madhyamaka and the Commons
For my Queer Dharma friends, there is nothing more insightful or more hilarious than this video on the climate crisis made by ContraPoints. Brilliant. DANCE Atlantic is about to launch and gather the creatively maladjusted (MLK) to demand an end to the Capitalist-Industrial Death system.
Activists and Scholars of social movements discuss how to generate a nonviolent mass movement for structural change. Based on studies of nonviolent mass movements, studies of Ghandi’s method by Prof. Gene Sharp. From a dharma perspective, one of the most interesting aspects was Ghandi’s establishment of activist ashrams–places where movement leaders could devote all their… Read More Nonviolent Movement Theory
JULY 30, 2018JULIAN LANGER8 COMMENTSON INTERVIEW WITH EXTINCTION REBELLION Interview With Extinction Rebellion This is an interview we were able to do with the UK based radical environmentalist organisation Extinction Rebellion. Originally published in Feral Culture blog. So, what is Extinction Rebellion? The Extinction Rebellion is a necessity. Our political establishment has failed to protect… Read More Extinction Rebellion?
by Shaun ChamberlinNovember 15, 2018, originally published in Tikkun As Simon Mont wrote in Tikkun’s recent issue on the New Economy, “capitalism is collapsing under the weight of itself, and it’s not pretty.”[i] Our globalised world finds itself caught on the horns of a seemingly impossible dilemma – either cease growing, and so collapse the economy… Read More The Sequel: life after economic growth
Dear Buddhists and dharma practitioners. Time is running out. The recent IPCC report says emphatically that human beings have 12 years to reduce carbon emissions sufficient to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, to prevent catastrophic climate change, “beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought,… Read More D.A.N.C.E. Atlantic
Here I am, only one person, standing on the steps of Worcester City Hall, doing my damndest to start the #ExtinctionRebellion in Massachusetts. Years ago I read a book by Masanobu Fukuoka called The One Straw Revolution, published in English in 1978, about his discovery of dry-bed rice cultivation and natural farming. Fukuoka was a Taoist and… Read More The One Straw Revolution