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 seem at once on the devastating assumptions underlying the very mechanisms of the fashionable international. We think with walk in the park within the inevitable ahead march of growth, within the traditional rightness of humankind’s keep an eye on of our surroundings, and, so much pervasively, within the suggestion of an epic fight that calls for righteousness to absolutely ruin 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 deals us an alternate view that comes like breath of cool, clean air in those occasions. Drawing at the Buddha, Spellmeyer makes an impassioned clarion name to evoke from the tradition of destruction — or perish inside of it. The ebook additionally incorporates a foreword by way of the main high-profile Buddhist educational in the USA — and probably the realm.

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But even though he came from far away, that spokesman, whose name was Georg Friedrich Hegel, might well have been the truest heir of the New England Puritans. Hegel took Christian eschatology—the theological concern with the Apocalypse—and combined it with current philosophy, political theory, and science. 61 The early decades of the nineteenth century, the period when Hegel did his most important work, were some of the most miserable humanity has known. In Europe the frenzied growth of industry drove millions of farmers from the countryside, subjecting them to exploitation, crime, and poverty.

59 Hard work had additional benefits, however, besides saving you from the eternal flames. It led to the accumulation of wealth, and over the course of two centuries, hard work and savings made New England the birthplace of American industry. In the process of modernization, the basic values of the New Englanders gradually became more secular. Yet the difference between them and Americans today is much less significant than we might assume. Recent polls suggest, for example, that a little more than half of all our citizens still believe that humans were created as the Bible indicates.

Whether or not we have heard Hegel’s name, many of us who are alive today—and certainly most Americans—believe that history is following a plan. We think of the quest for progress as a moral duty. Many of us are entirely convinced that by means of reason, hard work, and God’s grace, we can create something very close to a paradise on earth. No less prominent a person than George W. ”63 Hegel would have nodded warmly in assent. But most of those tuned in to the President that night, and certainly the President himself, would have been shocked if they only knew how closely Mr.

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