Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism
Process-Relational Thinking for a More Hospitable World
An evolving community of hope
We are an evolving community of scholars, artists and friends interested in helping create a more hospitable world with help from process or relational thinking. That's our dream. We live in all parts of the world and are friends through this website. You will get a sense for what matters to us by reading our Fat Soul Manifesto, which is in both English and Chinese. If you are especially concerned with global climate change, violence, political collapse, and economic inequality, we are, too. See Ecological Civilization International. We want to make a constructive difference in the world. We are interested in how big ideas come down to earth.
Please don't take our name too literally. It comes from what the words "Jesus" and "Jazz" and "Buddhism" symbolize to people today, religious and non-religious. Jesus symbolizes the kind and compassionate heart who identifies with the poor and powerless; Jazz symbolizes diversity, spontaneity, and creativity; and Buddhism symbolizes a sense of deep interdependence, mutual becoming, and being present in the present moment. We believe in these things; all are part of what we call relational thinking.
There are many kinds of relational thinking: Eastern and Western, Southern and Northern, religious and non-religious, scientific and poetic. We appreciate them all, and some of us are particularly impressed with the organic or "process" philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. If you are interested in the twenty key ideas in process philosophy, click here. We offer an online video for reading his book Process and Reality. It's all free.
But you don't really need to know Whitehead's philosophy, or be interested in the formalities of academic thought, to be a companion in the collective journey toward ecological civilizations where people, animals, and the earth can flourish. You just need to replant yourself in the beauty of life and bloom where you are planted in a spirit of wisdom, compassion, and creativity. We hope this website helps.
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