[[ download Best ]] Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to ConsumeAuthor Stephanie Kaza – Kairafanan.co

At One Time Or Another, Most Of Us Have Experienced An All Consuming Desire For A Material Object, A Desire So Strong That It Seems Like We Couldn T Possibly Be Happy Without Buying This Thing Yet, When We Give In To This Impulse, We Often Find Ourselves Feeling Frustrated And Empty Advertisers, Of Course, Aim To Hook Us In This Way, And, From A Global Perspective, Our Tendency To Get Hooked Fuels The Rampant Over Consumption That Is Having A Devastating Impact On The World S Stability And On The Environment According To The Contributors To This Unique Anthology, Buddhism Can Shed Valuable Light On Our Compulsions To Consume Craving And Attachment How They Arise And How To Free Ourselves Of Them Are Central Themes Of Buddhist Thought The Writings In This Volume, Most Of Which Have Never Been Previously Published, Offer Fresh Perspectives And Much Needed Correctives To Our Society S Tendency To Believe That Having Will Make Us Happier Hookedincludes A Range Of Writings On How To Apply Buddhist Thought And Ethics To Understand And Combat The Problem Of Over Consumption As Individuals And Collectively Contributors Include Popular Western Teachers, Asian Masters, Scholars, And Practitioners Such As Pema Ch Dr N On What Is Actually Happening At The Moment We Re Hooked, And How To Get Beyond That Joseph Goldstein On How Mindfulness Training Can Help Us Stop Wanting To Want Bhikshuni Thubten Ch Dr N On How Consumer Mentality Influences Spiritual Practice Judith Simmer Brown On How Cultivating Spiritually Based Activism And Compassionate Action Can Help Us Address The Negative Effects Of Consumerism Rita Gross On How Understanding Moderation Can Curb Overconsumption Santikaro Bhikkhu On Practicing Generosity In A Consumer World


10 thoughts on “Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

  1. says:

    Fantabulous Wendell Berry isn t included in this collection, but his work would have been very much at home A collection of 17 essays addressing consumerism from multiple viewpoints How much is too much How much is too little How would we know Best summation of the book A few years back the Dalai Lama was presenting at a multi day conference in LA In traveling back and forth from the conference to his hotel room, he passed by a number of street vendors hawking the latest in technological gadgetry On the third or fourth day he realized that even though he had no idea what the function of the items were, he knew that he wanted them Being the Dalai Lama, he was able to stop, focus on the urge to consume, determine where the desire originated, acknowledge it and then move on Most everyone is capable of doing the same thing, but we don t have the tools to do it This book points the way.


  2. says:

    This is a great book, it places the whole catstrophe of modern life lived through desire and the driven consumption directed at quenching it, in the context of the Buddhist world view It offers much insight into human nature, into my own nature and how we relate to the stuff of our lives I really enjoyed the read and it provided me with perpectives I would never have otherwise considered A must read for anyone who is inclined towards conscious living Wonderful


  3. says:

    I picked up this book because I was looking for something to balance holiday consumerism, and it really did the trick A great selection of essays some better than others that deconstruct the process by which desire is created, and give Buddhist philosophy based strategies for countering the craving Good stuff.


  4. says:

    I just finished reading the book and WOW Really gets you thinking about how we are so focused on material things Some of us feel that buying things are going to make us whole, when its actually quite the opposite I almost felt ashamed for some of the things I thought were so important Really good book


  5. says:

    so far, so good i love the commentary about anti consumerism and how being so stringently anti can be just as mind sucking as shopping internet food drug addiction is it s all about the middle


  6. says:

    17 contributors3 parts 1 getting hooked desire and attachment2 Practicing w desire using Buddhist s tools3 B ethics of consumptionno index 17 pages notesan interesting read for someone looking for some insight into the B world like me Clearly there are many interp of B


  7. says:

    decent but repetitive


  8. says:

    One of those rare books that has profoundly altered my worldview It made me to look hard at my own consumption and start making necessary changes Absolutely essential reading.


  9. says:

    Very interesting collection of essays about how we get attached to consuming things Would recommend even for non buddhists as we all experience these desires and are surrounded by daily advertisements promoting ever consumption of goods and services The acquisition of and objects does not quench our desire but only heightens desire for other objects not yet in one s possession and thus leads to increased dissatisfaction There are few winners and many losers in this process Even the winners are not real winners as they create oppression and inflict great suffering on many people Desire builds upon desire, so we can never be satisfied self denial is no effective than self indulgence in solving the problems of greed and grasping leading to suffering The meaning of my lifebuying and owning thingsthen throwing them away I use this sort of haiku as a working summary of consumerism Don t expect a really easy read, but it s not that difficult, either All buddhist concepts are fully explained and accessible to anyone


  10. says:

    This is an inspiring collection of essays, really delving into how consumption works in our daily lives when it s necessary we all need to consume to survive and when it s artificially created, and how to manage it The authors of the essays come from a variety of Buddhist traditions, and this means that the collection of essays is never repetitive there is always a new point or new perspective As a Buddhist myself, I found Hooked to be really inspiring for my practice not just how I engage as a consumer But you don t have to be a Buddhist to find these essays helpful for understanding how we can be happier day to day The title may sound a bit dire, but by recognising the problem, we can now move on to address it and there s a lot to be excited about in this book It s a very positive approach, even offering encouraging examples of how we can take control of how we use our resources.