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Spiritualism of Activism: Alan Clements Interview on KPFK (MP3) (english)
15 Nov 2002
Modified: 06:53:50 PM
1 hour interview with Clements on freedom, spiritualism and social activism
Alan Clements has lived a life of social activist and dharma teacher. 
As activists, we sometimes get a bit preoccupied with the news of the day, with
this or that fact or issue.  At least for many people, stepping back,
taking a deep breath, and considering spiritualism behind social activism is a
good thing.  On this score, Alan Clements has much insight.
He was on KPFK's
Innervision show with Michael
Benner on November 14th, and I thought I'd toss up an MP3 file of the
show.  They talked quite a bit about his experience with activists in Burma
and Yugoslavia, and about the ideas he fleshed out in his new book, Instinct
For Freedom:  Finding Liberation Through Living.  He took inspiration for the first part of the title from Noam Chomsky.
The show runs for about an
hour and the first three minutes are a musical introduction.  The MP3 file is about 10 megabytes. 

here to download the file
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thanks (english)
15 Nov 2002
Thanks for the note. I look forward to reading the book.

It's good to see that some buddhists aren't just working on their own suffering and are actively working on dismantling authoritarian regimes such as old Soviet-style systems. I hope he has something to say about wage slavery too. It seems like many active buddhists stop with their social mission at charity projects and don't challenge the causes for why we need charity projects in the first place. No wonder buddhism in the US is so popular with upper and middle class white folks.
Alan Clements (english)
15 Nov 2002
I'm new to his work, so I really can't comment much. But it's interesting that he calls himself an "ex-buddhist monk." :-)

Take care,