The Karma of Money, Fame and Sex
December 7–9, 2012
Buddhism teaches that we are unable to live happily as long as we suffer from the delusion of self—the “I” that is separate from the rest of the world. This self is always insecure and haunted by a sense of lack. When we do not understand the source of this discomfort, we often try to resolve it in ways that deepen our predicament. We become preoccupied with money, sex, fame or war. We tend to live in the future because that’s when our lack will be experienced. Such obsessions are more than an individual problem; they also reveal where our society is collectively stuck. Through presentations, discussions and guided meditations, we will examine personal transformation according to Buddhist tradition and consider how to integrate social transformation with the Buddhist path.
David Loy is a professor, write and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is the author of Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.
Financial aid is available for this program.