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Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  27 reviews
What's Wrong with Sex? How to Drive Your Karma Consciousness Commodified The Karma of Food The Three Poisons, Institutionalized Why We Love War
These are just some of the chapters in this brilliant book from David R. Loy.

In little time, Loy has become one of the most powerful advocates of the Buddhist worldview, explaining like no one else its ability to transform the soci
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 10th 2008 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2008)
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Kevin Lawrence
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I appreciated Loy's identifying urgent social and psychological issues that would likely preoccupy the curious reader who might want to seriously explore Buddhism as a belief/philosophy that can bring solace and wisdom, but who might also be suspicious that Buddhism's quietude tradition would entail abandoning any meaningful engagement with contemporary social and political issues that transcend the concerns of one person. Loy does a good job here (but a better job in his other book, The Great A ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
A collection of thoughtful magazine essays, but overall not as meaty (Buddhist pun) as Loy's other books. He does a solid job of translating some key Buddhist ideas into today's context, and his examination of how they apply to current dukkha-causing aspects of modern life should be helpful to anyone interested in socially engaged Buddhism.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
While the title is a bit hokey in its attention-grabbiness, the idea behind Money Sex War Karma is pretty good: a series of short essays on how some of the concerns of modern life might be viewed through a Buddhist lens. After all, the argument goes, if 21st century Buddhism doesn't have anything substantive and helpful to say about how we make and spend money, or treat the environment, or regard ourselves in the media, then what actual good is it to anyone?

As a project or a prospect, I find thi
John Fredrickson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, though it sounds odd to say so. The book is a terrific set of essays, as seen through the lens of Buddhism - each of the essays focus on individual aspects of our culture that affect our ability to deal properly with reality,. Much of the book deals with the way that our culture (even more than this, any culture) screws us up as we define our "I" in our own cultural context, but is written in such a straightforward way that it is pretty compelling.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Subtitle: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution. It passed through my mind to tell you that it was a sort of zen Anarchist's Cookbook, with recipes for pipe bombs and drug use and such, just because it would sound so absurd to western ears. We associate buddhism (in the west) with nonviolence and tolerance, and I think David Loy uses the word "revolution" in part to get our attention. To a certain degree, though, it is more than a gimmick, and if his "notes" were followed widely it would be more than ...more
Frank Jude
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Yogis (of all types), activists and all inclined to question authority.
David Loy is a leading Buddhist scholar/teacher/practitioner who has spent much of his career writing about the encounter between Buddhist teachings and practices and the contemporary world. His basic thesis is that the existential sense of 'lack' (building on the traditional teaching of anatta) is the driving force behind individual and collective suffering. The three poisons of greed, ill-will and delusion have been institutionalized in the social institutions of the Corporation (greed; ie. th ...more
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Offers a really interesting perspective on what Buddhism and the modern western world have to offer each other, tying together Buddhist tenets of no-self, non-duality, etc. with recent ideas of western psychology and philosophy; it's pretty cool to have light shed on these somewhat esoteric Buddhist ideas by comparison to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Freud, etc., especially regarding how language misleads us (but is still necessary) and how the self is a psychological and social construct (according ...more
Neil Hayes
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is a selection of essays, and there is no doubting David Loy's scholarship and insight, and therefore his qualifications to attempt a work such as this. However, I was disappointed by the book, because the content was so patchy. Some essays offer a Buddhist perspective on social issues which is little more than a re-statement of a social issue using the language of Buddhism. Others offer exciting insight, and valuable perspective that is a delight in the way that it challenges the way ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Note that "The Three Poisons, Institutionalized" is probably the most enlightening chapter in the book. Concept of a parallel collective sense of greed, ill will and delusion that has grown and become institutionalized by the government is intriguing explanation for our modern sense of consumerism, resulting in the frustrating behavior of large entities such as corporations, the military, and the media to put economic gain above all else.

Overall liked it, but a bit too preachy. Touches on many i
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book of essays and a concluding essay. I think the first 4 were not as strong as the rest of them, and the third to last one wasn't as strong for me. But even with the weaker essays, this book is filled with a lot of intense essays. But you have to be liberal. His solutions are liberal. Makes sense to me, but I know there's a political divide in America, I have friends who blather from the other perspective, and there's a kind of binary. That doesn't mean he's wrong or anyt ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not all bad, but definitely disappointing.

Loy has some interesting things to say about our current problems, though you won’t find anything particularly new there. But it’s his attempt to tie them to Buddhist concepts that really didn’t work for me – his main argument isn’t convincing and he keeps using it over and over.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
For once, I was actually reading a book when I had to return it to the library! This is an excellent book, a clearly stated examination of Buddhist principles applied to modern Western society.I'm going to buy it and read the last half as soon as possible.
Alex  L
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A really honest look at why and how we create our own suffering and what we can do to prevent it. If you are interested in modern day Buddhism, this is a really progressive look at how the Buddha's ideas still apply and can assist us in digging out of this mess!
Anurag Gupta
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written by an engaged buddhist - the book cleared for me how greed, hatred, and delusion captivates our lives individually and collectively in the consumer post-industrial consumer driven economy. Lots of personal insights and transformations along the way. HIGHLY Recommend.
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very insiteful look at Buddhism in the Western culture...things are different now than when Buddhism was formed in the Eastern culture, and this book takes you on a journey of how to make things work in today's world.
Steve Emerson
Great book! Deals with individual and collective issues which cause individual and collective suffering from a Buddhist perspective. Insightful!
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Confirmed for me that applying Buddhism to everyday life is the way forward.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I learned a lot about Buddhist thought & enjoyed the discussion with my interfaith book group. Overall, however, I was expecting to be able to apply more of the book to everyday life. Disappointing.
Oops, had to return to the library and face draconian fees. My wife said it was meh, though.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots to think about in this book!
Karen Cowden
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
David R. Loy builds practicality into the four main topics in the title. His ability to weave a story to help one comprehend the concepts of Buddhism was refreshing.
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I'm on a Buddhism bender...
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretty dense reading at times. But well worth the effort.
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David Robert Loy is an American author and authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
“People are "punished" or "rewarded" not for what they have done but for what they have become, and what we intentionally do is what makes us what we are.” 22 likes
“Abortion is killing. According to the Pali Canon, the Buddha said that it breaks the first precept to avoid killing or harming any sentient being. Any monastic who encourages a woman to have an abortion has committed a serious offense that requires expiation.We may wonder how much the Buddha knew about the genetic physiology of conception and pregnancy, but the textual prohibition is unambiguous. This absolute rule in early Buddhism is a source of discomfort and embarrassment to many Western Buddhists, and is often ignored by those who are aware of it.” 0 likes
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