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“A groundbreaking book from an original thinker.”—Melvin McLeod, editor of The Best Buddhist Writing series and Mindful Politics

THE GREAT AWAKENING

A Buddhist Social Theory

David R. Loy

The most essential insight that Buddhism offers is that all our individual suffering arises from three and only three sources, known in Buddhism as the three poisons: greed, ill-will, and delusion. In The Great Awakening, scholar and Zen teacher David Loy examines how these three poisons, embodied in society’s institutions, lie at the root of all social maladies as well. The teachings of Buddhism present a way that the individual can counteract these to alleviate personal suffering, and in the The Great Awakening Loy boldly examines how these teachings can be applied to institutions and even whole cultures for the alleviation of suffering on a collective level.

This book will help both Buddhists and non-Buddhists to realize the social importance of Buddhist teachings, while providing a theoretical framework for socially engaged members of society to apply their spiritual principles to collective social issues. The Great Awakening shows how Buddhism can help our postmodern world develop liberative possibilities otherwise obscured by the anti-religious bias of so much contemporary social theory.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9780861713660
  • ebook
  • 240 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9780861718634
about the author
The Great Awakening

David R. Loy’s books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; The World Is Made of Stories; A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency; and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati’s Xavier University and is qualified as a teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Buddhism.

Other books by David R. Loy:
Nonduality
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
A New Buddhist Path
Ecodharma
Lack & Transcendence
The World is Made of Stories
The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons
Money, Sex, War, Karma

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