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Praxis, Pragmatics, Right Action and The Shambhala Principle

—Toward a Socially Responsible Philosophy—

In this article, I will first discuss the socially responsible European philosophies of praxis, pragmatics, and right action, and show how they have given new meaning to human activity. Then I will show that although they are helpful in giving us insights, they are inadequate in providing us with a practical plan of action to fuel societal transformation. Finally, I will argue that what is presented in The Shambhala Principle is not only consistent with ideas presented in these European socially responsible philosophies, but actually takes these ideas to a new level by stating that personal and social transformation are inseparable. By studying both European philosophy and The Shambhala Principle, we will see that they mutually inform and enrich each other, turning theory into practices that uplift the human condition and make us better human beings.

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  1. Dear Ms. Wong:
    Thanks you so much for taking the time to craft this text. I read it with enthusiasm a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t comment then because I felt I needed to write something subtle or sophisticated, something worthy of your level of analysis and philosophical analysis. But I’m not sure I’m going to set aside the time to work on that. So today I just want you to know it makes me happy to know that you are trying to integrate our language and understanding of Shambhala principle with established Western, modern ideas and cultural forms.
    I’m reading George Eliot’s 1871 novel “Middlemarch” right now. Its compatibility with the Sakyong’s “Shambhala Principle” is breathtaking. Who knew that English lit already included such an eloquent, affecting voice for thinking of others in Eliot, some 150 years ago?

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