Envy is a universal emotion that often leads to shameful behavior. “Envy is the great leveler,” in the words of writer Dorothy Sayers. “If it cannot level things up, it will level them down. Rather than have anyone happier than itself, it will see us all miserable together.” In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll be looking at the green-eyed monster of envy and its effect on spiritual awakening. How does envy take hold of a person and drive him to forget his conscience? What happens to wisdom, generosity, and compassion when you find yourself in the clutches of envy? Finally, why does this petty, self-centered emotion loom so large on the seeker’s path, causing distress and confusion? We’ll explore the connection of envy to shame, and ways of overcoming the selfish reflex to crave what others possess and how envy can become a teacher and move us toward awakening.
Seekers Session Recording
Guest Interview with Peter Buffett
Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years as an Emmy award winning musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He began his career as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers of the ’80s, and the climactic crescendo in the memorable “Fire Dance” scene in 1990’s Oscar winning film Dances with Wolves.
Buffett has received critical acclaim for his Native American-inspired music, most notably composing the full score for 500 Nations – the eight-hour Emmy-awarded CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner. Peter also conceived and composed the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire – a Native American inspired show incorporating live native dancing, powwow singing and IMAX-scale visuals (which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.).
From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 16 records, and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. He also owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when Buffett began experimenting with vocals and a more eclectic pop/rock sound.
Buffett has collaborated with Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon as well as Grammy-winning artist Angelique Kidjo on human rights inspired songs, one of which, Blood into Gold, debuted at a special event at the UN General Assembly. He is also the only man to have performed at Eve Ensler’s 10th Anniversary V-Day celebration in New Orleans.
Peter is the co-president of the NoVo Foundation and co-chair of its Board of Directors. In partnership with his wife, Jennifer, he helps to guide NoVo’s vision, strategic mission, and program development.
Buffett’s inspiring book, Life Is What You Make It, has been translated into over 15 languages and has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. Described by former President Bill Clinton as “a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world” Life Is What You Make It is about following one’s passions over conventions, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living life to the fullest.
To bring the message of the book alive, Buffett has crafted Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, a live music event that incorporates personal stories, photos and video, to give the audience an authentic, inspirational, and impactful evening. The show has been performed throughout the United States, Canada and China. Using his own life story and experiences as illustration, Buffett ultimately conveys that it’s ones values-and what we are able to give back to society-that shape and define us as individuals. Buffett’s integrity, candor and musical talent make for an uplifting and rewarding evening.