I think of Williams and many of the characters he has "acted" throughout his extraordinary career, and how they found a place for me to feel at home in a culture whose history is most basically about the up-rooting of the very concept of "home."
Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!
Some people might think I am conflating too many problems into one. Maybe I am, but whatever the web of systemic influences might be, I think we will see in coming times more examples of cultural backlashes against "too goods."
The irony of holding an event on communism and Marxism in Gangnam, the zone of gaudy consumerism made famous by Psy, was lost on no one. This irony was compounded by the fact that Gangnam is only 35 miles away from the DMZ.
Practical transformation is what Buddhist practice is all about. To practice meditation consistently is to push back hard against the tidal wave of materialism that is quite literally killing the planet.