Terror in the God-shaped hole – Confronting modernity’s identity crisis

Terror in the God-shaped hole – Confronting modernity’s identity crisis

“Eutopia 15” Abstract photograph 2015 © Jan Oberg David R. LoyTFF Associate October 21, 2020 “Hell is truth seen too late.” (Anonymous) Why would a small group of people want to crash hijacked airplanes into skyscrapers, killing thousands and terrorizing millions? Perhaps only religion can provide the motivation and collective support for such heinous deeds […]

The love of truth and the truth of love: Bertrand Russell on the two pillars of human flourishing

The love of truth and the truth of love: Bertrand Russell on the two pillars of human flourishing

By Maria Popova October 8, 2020 In the mid-1950s, as the icy terror of the Cold War was cloaking the embering rubble of two World Wars, the BBC producer and cartoonist Hugh Burnett envisioned an unexampled program to serve both as a cross-cultural bridge and a mirror beaming back to a dimmed and discomposed humanity […]

Tolstoy and Gandhi: light as darkness approached

Tolstoy and Gandhi: light as darkness approached

René Wadlow September 16, 2020 “We possess a single infallible guide, the Universal Spirit that lives in men as a whole, and in each one of us, which makes us aspire to what we should aspire: it is the Spirit that commands the tree to grow toward the sun, the flower to throw off its […]

Faiths, religions and peace

Faiths, religions and peace

Johan Galtung June 02, 2020 Here is a Table with fifteen faiths organized according to mono-poly-pan-atheism; some might find the table somewhat controversial: Originally posted on Transcend Media Service’s website February 3rd, 2020 here Table 1.  Figures of thought, faiths, and beliefs of true believers Figures Faiths Beliefs Mono Judaism Israel, Zion; as Chosen People Mono […]

What would the Buddha do?

What would the Buddha do?

May 26, 2020 By David Loy Maybe every modern generation feels confronted by some crisis that will affect the fate of the world, but unless your head is buried in the sand (or some Buddhist equivalent) it’s impossible to be ignorant of the extraordinary planetary emergency that confronts us today. The recent IPCC report states […]

David Ray Griffin’s “The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology”

David Ray Griffin’s “The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology”

March 26, 2020 By Edward Curtin A Review There are very few writers who have done more to try to open the public’s mind to the evil nature of the American empire than David Ray Griffin.  His series of books on the false flag attacks of September 11, 2001, will endure for a long time, […]

How to be an Ecosattva

How to be an Ecosattva

Photo: David Loy at an Extinction Rebellion protest in Denver. Photo by denver.cbslocal.com How do bodhisattvas respond to the greatest crisis of our time? Appropriately, says Buddhist teacher, activist and TFF Associate, David Loy. February 27, 2020 By David Loy One of my favorite Zen stories is short and simple. A student asks the master, […]

Gandhi’s killer evokes admiration as never before

Gandhi’s killer evokes admiration as never before

As Hindu nationalism continues its march across India, a cult of personality is rising around Nathuram Godse, the Hindu extremist who killed Gandhi. Or, why is Gandhi now killed for a second time? February 5, 2020 By Sameer YasirThe New York Times Indians consider Gandhi one of the fathers of their nation. But the rise […]

The nonduality of good and evil

The nonduality of good and evil

By David Loy February 4, 2020 Buddhism encourages us to be wary of antithetical concepts, not only good and evil, but success and failure, rich and poor, even the duality between enlightenment and delusion. Originally posted in Tricycle’s Magazine in spring 2002, here If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and […]

Why many Muslims hate the West

Why many Muslims hate the West

By Dr. William R. Polk June 27, 2019 Exclusive: Many Americans and Westerners are baffled by the violent rage expressed by many Muslims, but the reasons for their anger are real, deriving from a “deep history” of anti-Islamic wars and colonial exploitation of the Middle East, as ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk describes. Originally published by […]

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