If awakening involves transcending this suffering world, we can ignore its problems. If the Buddhist path is psychological therapy, we can focus on our own individual neuroses. Yet both of those approaches assume and reinforce the illusion that I am essentially separate from others, and therefore can be indifferent to what they are experiencing. If “I” am not separate from others, neither is my well-being separate from theirs. Today this means that we are called upon not only to help other individuals deconstruct their sense of separation (the traditional role of a bodhisattva) but also to help our society to reconstruct itself, to become more just and sustainable—and awakened.
That's a quote from David Loy
from his most recent book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World
According to local poet Robin Izer, Loy "is one of the most prominent voices in the Buddhist arena today offering engaging responses to the climate crisis and exploring how enlightenment, evolution, and ethics are merging to create a new path for sanity and sustainability of our planet."
And Loy's presenting a lecture titled "Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other" at 7 tonight, for free, in Colorado College
's Cornerstone Arts Center.
Don't expect the author and teacher to go too easy on attendees. On the event flier, he writes: "Will Western Buddhism end up all too compatible with our individualistic consumption patterns, with expensive retreats and initiations catering to over-stressed converts eager to pursue their own enlightenment?
Hear his answer this evening.