Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of by By (author) Kurt Spellmeyer

By By (author) Kurt Spellmeyer

Well timed and audacious, Buddha on the Apocalypse demanding situations us to appear at once on the devastating assumptions underlying the very mechanisms of the trendy global. We think with sure bet within the inevitable ahead march of development, within the ordinary rightness of humankind’s keep an eye on of our environment, and, such a lot pervasively, within the concept of an epic fight that calls for righteousness to completely damage evil. those pictures of apocalypse and dominance pervade our language, our politics, and, with coming of 2012, even our escapist leisure. In Buddha on the Apocalypse, Kurt Spellmeyer bargains us another view that comes like breath of cool, clean air in those instances. Drawing at the Buddha, Spellmeyer makes an impassioned clarion name to evoke from the tradition of destruction — or perish inside of it. The e-book additionally includes a foreword via the main high-profile Buddhist educational in the US — and probably the realm.

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51 36 B U D D H A AT T H E A P O C A LY P S E As Luther grew older, however, his new religious movement experienced a series of reversals. From the time he’d first called for reform, he had consistently rebuffed Catholic authorities when they tried to strike a compromise with him. ) writing tracts that grew angry and provocative. Gradually, the war of ideas escalated until religious debates became entangled with political intrigues and struggles for wealth and territory. In this climate, Luther’s thinking took on an increasingly pessimistic tone.

Finally the older son becomes so angry that he can’t bring himself to go to the feast, and when his father comes looking for him, the older son tells him how he feels: “Lo, these many years do I serve thee, [and never] transgressed at any time thy commandment…. ”33 To this his father answers, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. ”34 The story of the Prodigal Son expresses a morality far surpassing the vision of Isaiah. Instead of responding to the son’s misdeeds with anger and revengefulness, the father completely forgives him.

In Christian scripture, however, the violence of the change is counterbalanced by powerful ethical restraints. ”68 But as the Apocalyptic vision moved off the pages of Revelation and into the world of modern politics, the ethical restraints fell away. This change set free the destructive energy of idealists across the globe, always acting in the name of a better world to come. BRAVE NEW AMERICAN WORLD If any year seemed likely to bring the end of time, it would have to be 1939. In mid-November of 1938, the Nazis instigated Kristallnacht, a massive pogrom that destroyed scores of synagogues and countless Jewish homes and businesses.

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