Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Yo, Ginsberg

Word up, man.

Allen Ginsberg
Image: Allen Ginsberg in New York City, 1953, taken by William S. Burroughs
Buddhism’s Radical Contribution

The central philosophy [of Buddhism] is compassion rather than the Darwinian notion of survival of the fittest. The central notion is giving your space rather than clinging to your space and making it secure. It seems to me Buddhism has a tremendous amount of wisdom to contribute right now to the huge world life political dilemma, i.e., what are the limits of compassion? What are the limits in our relationship to chaos and how do we relate to chaos? Right now, politically speaking, basic Buddhist notions are really radically different from the general popular philosophy of life that is taken for granted among intellectuals, even liberal intellectuals.

– Allen Ginsberg, “Spontaneous Intelligence

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