What’s our main problem? According to nondualist traditions such as Buddhism, we are unable to live happily as long as we suffer from the delusion that “I” am separate from the rest of the world. In contemporary terms, the self is a psychological construct that is never secure enough, because it is haunted by a sense of lack. Since we usually do not understand the source of our discomfort, we often try to resolve it in ways that make things worse. Money and fame become symbolic realities with which we try to fill up our lack. Such obsessions are more than an individual problem: they reveal where our society is stuck. The “three poisons” (greed, aggression, delusion) have been institutionalized, and a collective sense of alienation from the earth is at the root of the eco-crisis. How can the “black hole” at our core be transformed into a source of joy and creativity? Through presentations, discussions, and guided meditations, we will explore personal transformation according to the nondualist traditions, and its relationship with social transformation.
Recommended reading: Loy, Money Sex War Karma.