Fwd: New critique of engaged Buddhism
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From: "Bureau of Public Secrets" <knabb@...>
Six years ago Ken Knabb wrote "Strong Lessons for Engaged Buddhists," a
leaflet welcoming the emergence of socially engaged Buddhism while pointing
out a number of its shortcomings. The leaflet was widely distributed and
reprinted, and stirred up a certain amount of (sometimes heated) debate
among Buddhist groups.
In a new text, "Evading the Transformation of Reality: Engaged Buddhism at
an Impasse," Knabb elaborates on his earlier criticisms and renews his
challenge to more public discussion of these issues.
"Strong Lessons for Engaged Buddhists" is online at
"Evading the Transformation of Reality" is online at
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Texts of related interest at the same website:
"Advantages and Limits of Nonviolence"
"The War and the Spectacle" (on the Gulf war, the media, and various antiwar
"More Interesting Problems" (spiritual aspects of a liberated society)
"Magnanimity and Mysticism" (from an appreciation of Kenneth Rexroth)
"Do We Need Snyder for Poet-Priest?" (disruption of a Gary Snyder poetry
"The Realization and Suppression of Religion" (critique of the situationist
perspective on religion)
"Zen Practice" (from Knabb's autobiography)
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