Occupy Together - Open Letter From Buddhist And Yoga Teachers In Support Of The Occupy Movement
Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:08 PM
The OCCUPY movement has been criticized for not having specific demands or action plans.
What it HAS done is to express widespread frustration with the current economic and ecological challenges, as well as with the failings of our current financial and political
system. The "Open Letter From Buddhist And Yoga Teachers In Support Of The Occupy Movement" speaks to that sentiment:
"This movement has given voice to a near-universal frustration with the economic and political disenfranchisement of so many. It offers a needed counterbalance to a system that saps the life energy of the overwhelming majority -- the so-called 99 percent -- generating vast profits for a tiny handful, without maximizing the true potential for widespread wealth creation in
our society. While our practice challenges us to cultivate compassion for 100 percent of human beings without villifying an "enemy," our practice also calls on us to confront a system that causes such clear harm and
.........Moreover, the current legal structure of large corporations compels individuals to act with
shortsighted greed, acts for which they are not held
personally accountable. If we aren't encouraged to act with awareness of our connection to the 7 billion humans who share our global community, the social fabric of our society is torn apart by legalized acts of selfishness and fear..... The whole planet pays the price."