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.
228 pages. Paperback.