David Loy is an eminent teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. His lectures internationally, primarily focussing on the relationship between modernity and Buddhism, and what each can learn from the other. His many books include ‘A Buddhist History of The West: Studies in Lack’, ‘Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution‘ and most recently ‘The World Is Made Of Stories’.
I first encountered David at the Science and Nonduality Conference in Marin in October 2011. He struck me as a warm, gentle man speaking a lot of sense about the need for the spiritual journey not to be a purely solo pursuit. David puts a lot of energy into pressing social and ecological issues, and seeing what an informed Buddhist response to those things would need to include.
This interview is wide-randing from David’s experience protesting the Vietnam war, to the true meaning of a boddhisattva, and through the dangers of institutionalised greed and militarism. Albeit, with all that acknowledged, David is not without optimism for the future if we can find a socially-engaged form of meditation-in-action.