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Everything depends on how you look at things - which is very Buddhist...

Senior members of SGI-USA give online encouragement.

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How do good people turn evil - and vice versa? In a talk that has remarkable echoes of Buddhist philosophy, Philip Zimbardo explains

 

Philip Zimbardo knows what evil looks like. After serving as an expert witness during the Abu Ghraib trials, he wrote The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.  From Nazi comic books to the tactics of used-car salesmen, he explores a wealth of sources in trying to explain the psychology of evil.

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'Just as a spring breeze awakens tender new shoots of green, sincere encouragement can thaw a frozen heart and instil courage. It is the most powerful means to rejuvenate the human spirit.' 

These and other words of encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda

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Things are looking pretty gloomy financially.  But faced with great challenges it is both necessary and possible to generate hope, explains Daisaku Ikeda

 

Buddhism teaches that the same power that moves the universe exists within our lives. Each individual has immense potential, and a great change in the inner dimension of one individual’s life has the power to touch the lives of others and transform society.  When we change our inner determination, everything begins to move in a new direction. 

Hope, in this sense, is a decision.

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As the world financial system suffers its greatest shock since the 1929 Wall Street Crash, it's a good time to revisit  Fritz Schumacher's classic essay on Buddhist Economics

 

 

 

 

 

'Right Livelihood is one of the requirements of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. It is clear, therefore, that there must be such a thing as Buddhist economics...'

 

See also on This Way Up:

 

The Money Bubble and the Coming Crash

America's House Price Time-Bomb

 

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On the day the Large Hadron Collider is turned on to try to discover the basic 'how' of the universe, thoughts turn to the obvious follow-up - the 'why'.  But as Ed discovered in The Buddha, Geoff and Me, according to  psychiatrist Viktor Frankl that's the wrong question.

 

I started reading [Man's Search For Meaning] on the bus home.  What a book.  What a bloke!  A man who could find meaning even in a concentration camp!  I literally could not put it down.  I almost chose to stay on the bus past my stop just so I could go on reading.  But reluctantly I marked the page and jumped off, then hurried, ran almost, back to my flat so I could start reading again.  Dora was right – Frankl deals with the meaning of life in a single page.  And what a page!

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