Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???

Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???
Humanity is imprisoned by a heartless monetary system, co-dependently arising from dichotomy of man and nature, self and society, ecology and economy, and public and private. How is the system fabricated? How do we awaken from our collective delusion and suffering? Please share this blog for Contemplative Social Action to Cultivate a Culture of Awakening! "Do everything with a mind that lets go" - Ajahn Chah

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bloggers Bear Witness to Poverty & Inequality

I am about to leave for a four day dzogchen retreat, and wanted to drop a note in support of Bloggers and Site Owners all over the world bringing attention to the cause of poverty and injustice embedded in and perpetuated by our dysfuntional and fraudulant financial system. The burden of poverty heavily falls on world's women, children, minority and marginalized classes, especially in developing countries.

AT Ariyaratne, Founder of Sarvodaya movement sees the root problem of poverty coming from a sense of personal and collective powerlessness. Money itself is empty, yet not understanding its fundamental nature and function as a collective social agreement, as a medium of circulation and a measure of value through which all human exchange of labor, goods, service, ideas and creative thoughts take place, keeps us from exercising our own power to collaborate and create the sustainable reality we like to live in with basic dignity, happiness and joy assured for all.

If power and wealth is getting concentrated in few despite overall sign of prosperity, could it be that the majority do not see or understand the basis of power or where they have unconsciously given away that power?
Where wealth is concentrated, the people are dispersed. Where wealth is dispersed, the people are brought together. - Confucius

The original Buddhist concept of emptiness and the sanskrit term Sunyata carries the meaning of swollen or pregnant - and it is indeed pregnant with a liberative potential when energizing creativity. it points the way out of the oppressive prison that self-protecting unconscious ego supposes to be reality.

Based on a new understanding of our social and historical and experiential realization the time is pregnant NOW for a new world and a new humanity capable of functioning and creating new systems from the holistic, non-dual and interdependent understanding of the whole living systems. This is a deep Now moment when many things are converging in many dimensions, historically, psycho-spiritually and evolutionwise.

{Listen to Chogyam Trungpa and also see this 2 minute clip from movie zeitgeist addendum] about this NOW moment}. We must unite through our common humanity in basic goodness, courage and intelligence and not give in to panic and fear or deceptive distractions and delusions.
Search Transforming Money: From Debt to Empowerment: Susmita Barua (see comment on sidebar)
On NPR Economists Explain How To Save Capitalism, 10/20/08 . But do we need to save an unjust unsustainable system that rewards greed and speculation by the rich and sucks money away from real people and real economy? Our ignorance is the root cause of "dukkha".

A new film They Come in The Name of Helping
The Chinese word for transformation consists of two ideograms that
translate as - danger and opportunity. There is no question that we
are entering into dangerous times. But there are deep opportunities as
well. The evolutionary question is: will you, me, and we put our
wholesome attention, intention and energy towards birthing a new
dhamma world or keep holding on to the old pardigm that is simply
unsustainable and breaking apart under its own weight of living

Search Transforming Money: Debt to Empowerment:
Susmita Barua

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PBS Commanding Heights: Battle of Ideas for the World economy, Part 1 & 2