Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Compassionate Revolution]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Compassionate Revolution]

Article excerpt

The Compassionate Revolution is a remarkable and ambitious attempt to fuse radical political analysis with the spiritual philosophy of Buddhism. As such it will provoke both Leftists who have rejected religion and Buddhists who have seen their transformation as a personal rather than political journey.

Edwards takes us through a cogent Chomsky-inspired analysis of Western foreign policy and the mass media as they function within corporate capitalism to illustrate the extent to which our society is based on the Buddhist 'poisons' of greed, hatred, and ignorance. And he demonstrates how Buddhism can help us to respond to this system not with self-destructive hatred, but with a revolutionary combination of rational awareness, and the transformative and creative power of compassion.

Edwards' strength is in his courage to yoke disparate subjects together, and his radical holistic approach is often inspirational. …

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