Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
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Dyson - - Classical Quarterly 30 01 Added to PP index Total views 48, of 2,, Recent downloads 6 months 32 24, of 2,, How can I increase my downloads? Hence the freedom sought from addiction to food, television and consumption itself is internal. One may live in a palace and be free of desire, he points out. The practice of generosity and non-harming may be helpful in achieving this freedom. We feel secure in clinging to things and understanding ourselves in terms of those. Yet this understanding of ourselves is limiting and false.
So what we need to give up is attachment or clinging and not the things that we are usually attached to like food, or relationships. The procedure she suggests is to recognize the clinging and then not to act on it. Ruben L. Habito in 'The Inner Pursuit of Happiness' understands the constant desire to have more as arising from a deep sense of lack. Yet the desire to have more always keeps us dissatisfied.
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He suggests replacing the acquisitive with the contemplative mode of being. Sumi Loundon in her 'Young Buddhists in shopping Shangri-la' recounts her experiences of growing up in an anti-consumerist Buddhist Zen commune and uses that to address the issues in question. She brings in a classification among the Buddhists as non-consumerist, at-ease and conscious consumerists and says that the young Buddhists are shifting towards conscious consumerism.
She also talks about 'boutique' Buddhism which comprises buying and selling of dharma beads and so on. The students and teachers carry their consumerist sensibilities with them when they start practicing Dharma.
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As consumers the students want things to be easily available and the teachers if they want to have students may feel obligated to compromise the length of the spiritual practices. He also deals with the dilemma of dana or gift and the questionable motivations behind it which may be that of buying status or of paying back for the service received. Diana Winston in 'You are What You Download' tries to tackle the issues relating to the internet and its evolution into a 'time-wasting, greed-inducing, glorified shopping channel'.
She cautions that every tiny bit that enters our mind affects us. As we feed our minds so shall we reap from it. Judith Simmer-Brown in 'Cultivating the Wisdom Gaze' analyses the external and internal causes of the phenomenon of globalization and lays stress on the importance of practicing 'engaged Buddhism' as a way of countering it. Every phenomenon depends on various causes for its emergence, according to Buddhism.
Hence it is significant to understand those causes in order to change the nature of the phenomena. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa. They say that 'for most Thai these shopping malls are the new temples…' p. Consumerism is based on the amplification of craving and the urge towards its satisfaction. These feeling of tanha or craving is real. Happiness can be achieved by 'satisfying tanha more often or by reducing tanha itself' p. Buddhism argues that craving is the root cause of suffering and pain. According to it, craving can never be satisfied and hence one should explore ways of getting rid of it rather than trying to satisfy it.
They propose a Buddhist alternative model of development based on primacy of self-respect as opposed to the consumerist model which is based on a personal sense of lack. They also document the work of some Thai Buddhist NGOs in this regard in providing an alternative in education and community practices.
Stephanie Kaza in her paper 'Penetrating the tangle' investigates how Buddhism can contribute to the existing critiques of consumerism. Rita M.
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She says that self-denial is also to be forsaken along with self-indulgence. One should make 'the beauty and delightfulness of the phenomenal world …an ally' p. What is required is to have a real understanding of how to do deal with the phenomenal world. Following Nagarjuna's philosophy he presents the notion of objective time as a social construction. According to the Buddhist principles one needs to realize that 'I am not in time, because I am time' p.
Such realization would free one from the limitations that time imposes on one's being.