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Book Title: Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume|
The author of the book: Stephanie Kaza
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The size of the: 2.87 MB
Edition: Shambhala Publications
Date of issue: April 25th 2011
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Atone time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for amaterial object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly behappy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we oftenfind ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of course, aim tohook us in this way, and, from a global perspective, our tendency to get hookedfuels the rampant over-consumption that is having a devastating impact on theworld's stability and on the environment.
Accordingto the contributors to this unique anthology, Buddhism can shed valuable lighton our compulsions to consume. Craving and attachment—how they arise and howto free ourselves of them—are central themes of Buddhist thought. The writingsin this volume, most of which have never been previously published, offer freshperspectives and much-needed correctives to our society's tendency to believethat having more will make us happier.
Hooked!includes a range of writings on how to apply Buddhist thought and ethics tounderstand and combat the problem of over-consumption as individuals andcollectively. Contributors include popular Western teachers, Asian masters,scholars, and practitioners such as:PemaChödrön—on what is actually happening at the moment we're"hooked," and how to get beyond that. JosephGoldstein—on how mindfulness training can help us stop "wanting towant." BhikshuniThubten Chödrön—on how consumer mentality influences spiritualpractice. JudithSimmer-Brown—on how cultivating spiritually based activism and compassionateaction can help us address the negative effects of consumerism. RitaGross—on how understanding moderation can curb overconsumption. SantikaroBhikkhu—on practicing generosity in a consumer world.
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