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(en) Czech, AFED: Radical Buddhism - A review of a book published by the Anarchist Federation Publishing House. [machine translation]

Date Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:15:31 +0300


The anarchist idea clearly stands in opposition to unnatural authorities, both real and imaginary. It is also the reason why he considers the enemy as religion, with his idea of all superior gods or deities separated from nature. This is also the reason why the so-called Christian anarchism was rejected by the vast majority of the anarchist movement (despite some sympathy), because it did not liberate the human mind from capturing irrationality, but rather affirmed it. But how do we approach the directions that are described as religions, even though in reality there is no idea of God behind them, such as Buddhism? Here too, the answer is not clear. On the one hand, we find philosophy and a method of freeing from prejudice, on the other hand, an institutionalized religious system that restricts people as much as other religions, and instead,

How to get out of it? A book published in May this year on the occasion of the seventh edition of the Prague Anarchist Book Festival and entitled Radical Buddhism could be helpful . A small reader (not only) for anarchists. In the book, the selected texts were selected, translated and annotated by Max Šcur. He is a long-standing anarchist and, in the last few years, also a Buddhist. "I was surprised to find that my anarchist conviction only strengthened and that it was not at all contrary to Buddhism," he says in the afterword. Moreover, it has helped him partially free himself from the Western tradition of thought, to which anarchism belongs, but nevertheless, by its diversity, it defies the other Western systems of thought. Max notes that "the Buddhist response to suffering lies not on a theoretical level, but on a practical level, and that is the first and fundamental thing that brings him closer to anarchism: it is, first and foremost, a life practice, and then some theory."

In the book, you will encounter men's texts (that there would be no "radical Buddhist"?) - the philosopher Egon Bondy, psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, professor James M. Shields, living priest of the Soto Brian D. Victoria school, executed priest of the same Gudo school Uchiyama, the Indian revolutionary Har Dayal, engaged Buddhist Bhimir R. Ambedkar, writer Gary Snyder, social activist Suluk Sivarakshi, social ecologist Max Cafard, philosophy professor David R. Loy, Zen master Robert Aitken and punker Noah Levin. At the end of the book you will also learn about all of them.

Fromm points out the anti-authoritarian nature of Buddhism: "To remove God, make the individual fully responsible for his actions, rid him of all illusions, overcome his belonging to class and nation, and arrive at a collective, shared membership of the truth - only a few radical thinkers today Cafard, in his witty and ironic essay, Zen anarchy directly states, "From the beginning, Zen was more anarchist than anarchism." And he adds, "Zen helps us get rid of the congestion of authoritarian ideological apostasy," even "Buddha is just a hole through all the old shit when we get rid of them. "

In his Anarcho-Communist Revolution, Uchijama clearly states that it is necessary to get rid of the social superstitions which he considers to be an alleged duty, "that you should pay the landowner rent (...) ". Not surprisingly, it turned out as it turned out, calling for action: "Then let's confiscate all the wealth that the government has forcibly and oppressed since our ancestors, and let's manage it together!" Loy: "Our economic system is an established greed itself, militarism institutionalizes hatred and media delusions. Any personal awakening we achieve on our pillows will be incomplete without a social awakening and a social response to these three (...) causes (...) of suffering. "

Know that religion will not make you better. As Ambedkar says in the interpretation of the Buddha's teachings, "One should be moral not to please any god. One should love another man for himself. "Levin does not deny the punk when he says," Do not believe anything that is based on tradition and charismatic presentation. So, as Cafard recommends, "Go out and see killing some Buddhas, and I wish you a very, very nice day!"

Radical Buddhism - a small reader (not only) for anarchists . Anarchist Federation publishing house, 2019. 250 pages A6, paperback, recommended contribution to cover 150 CZK.

https://www.afed.cz/text/7033/radikalni-buddhismus
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