Sunday, October 30, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: King Mahavijit and Buddhism

by Emma Varvaloucas: Tricycle

Whether you've been down at the protests or not, or even agree with the movement, these protests have undoubtedly opened a clear window into the frustration and anger that so many Americans feel about our struggling economy and the reasons for all its woes. But as Bodhipaksa, who teaches at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in New Hampshire, writes on Wildmind in a post that compares Occupy Wall Street to the Kutadanta Sutta (in it, King Mahavijit successfully rids his kingdom of robbers by distributing grain and money to his people, eliminating the motivations to steal), this anger is an opportunity to practice.

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