Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to by Stephanie Kaza

By Stephanie Kaza

At one time or one other, such a lot people have skilled an all-consuming hope for a cloth item, a wish so powerful that it sort of feels like we couldn't in all likelihood be at liberty with no procuring this factor. but, once we provide in to this impulse, we regularly locate ourselves feeling pissed off and empty. Advertisers, after all, objective to hook us during this method, and, from an international standpoint, our tendency to get hooked fuels the rampant over-consumption that's having a devastating impression at the world's balance and at the setting. in accordance with the members to this distinct anthology, Buddhism can shed beneficial gentle on our compulsions to devour. yearning and attachment—how they come up and the way to loose ourselves of them—are imperative issues of Buddhist notion. The writings during this quantity, such a lot of that have by no means been formerly released, supply clean views and much-needed correctives to our society's tendency to think that having extra will make us happier. Hooked! encompasses a variety of writings on how one can follow Buddhist idea and ethics to appreciate and wrestle the matter of over-consumption as contributors and jointly. participants contain renowned Western academics, Asian masters, students, and practitioners such as:

•Pema Chödrön—on what's really taking place for the time being we're "hooked," and the way to get past that.
•Joseph Goldstein—on how mindfulness education may help us cease "wanting to want."
•Bhikshuni Thubten Chödrön—on how buyer mentality affects religious practice.
•Judith Simmer-Brown—on how cultivating spiritually dependent activism and compassionate motion may also help us tackle the unwanted effects of consumerism.
•Rita Gross—on how figuring out moderation can reduce overconsumption.
•Santikaro Bhikkhu—on practising generosity in a shopper international.

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Com/3 A s I write this chapter, a television commercial airing for an insurance company stresses that its agents are always there for you, day or night. It features a husband alone in his home, talking quietly on the phone late at night. His suspicious wife, thinking she’s caught him red-handed, strides angrily into the room and demands to know who he’s talking to. He replies that it’s Jake from State Farm. ” The scene switches to the agent’s office where Jake sits, phone in hand. ” The commercial makes us laugh, but there’s nothing funny about spousal suspicion and the jealousy that drives it.

It makes the angry person seem childish and spoiled. I understand that, because I, too, am guilty of building such a castle.

She could have begun serving dinners on cheap paper plates, cups, and plasticware. When her husband asked why they were not using S TOP T rying to C hange Y our M ate | 47 their own dishes, she could explain that it saves her time and energy that she does not have in the evenings. Rather than go out for dinner she could have picked it up on the way home or had it delivered, using the restaurant’s to-go plates and plasticware. She could continue to fix dinner at home but allow the dishes to pile up in the sink.

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