Black Friday epitomizes consumerism and greed, the modern manifestations of desire. It is a day of empty, hollow promises that all of our dreams can be fulfilled if we just buy enough stuff. Buddhism is very unique in its stark appraisal of desire's role in creating suffering. You cannot find a calendar day more opposite to Buddhist ideals than Black Friday. In this talk, I ponder the difficult question of how to practice Buddhism in a society saturated with toxic values such as rampant greed.
Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Inzan Gartland.