Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
Edited by Stephanie Kaza
Offers many practices as a resistance to the global phenomenon of excessive consumption.
Book Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
... this illuminating and wide-ranging collection of Buddhist essays on greed, desire, and the urge to consume ...
Consumerism is a way of life all over the world, and getting more has become a deep and abiding yearning in men, women, and children of all backgrounds. Stephanie Kaza, coeditor along with Kenneth Kraft of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism, is the editor of this anthology of 17 essays. She is convinced that Buddhism offers "some handholds, some time-tested teachings to temper the raging appetites around the globe." The book is divided into three thematic sections: Getting Hooked: Desire and Attachment; Practicing with Desire: Using Buddhist Tools; and Buddhist Ethics of Consumption. Kaza is to be commended for commissioning pieces of such uniform high quality. ...