Some connections between OWS and Buddhism
- Tentative excursions into the murkiness of OWSÉ
OWS is not so much an idea as a sensibility, like the hand reaching for the pillow in the middle of the nightÉ.
OWS is a quintessential Buddhist happening:
1) It notes the end of hierarchy as the dominant mode of organizing people; it is replaced by a systems approach as the primary mode of cognition and organization. With no separate self, it is the ultimate manifestation of a movement begun in the 1960Õs with the death of God as an Òother,Ó separate from other creations, and was manifested in the civil rights, feminist and gay liberations. It was, across the board, the horizontalization of authority, true democracy in which every voice was included without reference to status, race, beliefs, money or power, a radical insistence on inclusion and listening to each personÕs voice and point of view.
2) It is an elevation of compassion as the highest expression of wisdom, for without compassion, ultimately nothing works. As such, it is the ultimate expression of the nature of bodhisattvas who declare they will not cross over until everyone can cross over. There is no such thing as collateral damage: no structure works unless it includes all sentient beings, and all beings are sentient.
3) Meditation is a way of constantly attending to our inner propensity to divide everything into self/other, and seeing through all such propensities to the compassionate inclusion of all beings as part of the one Self (the Gaiai hypothesis).
- OWS is like the hand reaching for the pillow in the middle of the night except a police officer grabs your pillow and then orders you to keep moving away from the bed!