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Socially engaged Buddism

Being Benevolence: The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism
Sallie B. King

Being Benevolence provides for the first time a rich overview of the main ideas and arguments of prominent Engaged Buddhist thinkers and activists on a variety of questions: What kind of political system should modern Asian states have? What are the pros and cons of Western "liberalism"? Can Buddhism support the idea of human rights? Can there ever be a nonviolent nation-state? It identifies the roots of Engaged Buddhist social ethics in such traditional Buddhist concepts and practices as interdependence, compassion, and meditation, and shows how these are applied to particular social and political issues.

Buddhist Ethics
Hammalawa Saddhatissa

"For more than a quarter of a century, those in search of an introduction to Buddhist moral thought have turned and returned to this little volume...." Thus notes Charles Hallisey of Harvard University in his introduction. Starting with an examination of classical Greek notions of ethics, Venerable Saddhatissa goes on to explain the development of Buddhist moral codes and their practical application.

Conflict, Culture, Change: Engaged Buddhism in a Globalizing World
Sulak Sivaraksa

From Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sulak Sivaraksa comes this look at Buddhism’s innate ability to help change life on the global scale. Conflict, Culture, Change explores the cultural and environmental impacts of consumerism, nonviolence, and compassion, giving special attention to the integration of mindfulness and social activism, the use of Buddhist ethics to confront structural violence, and globalization’s threat to traditional identity.

The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
Donald Rothberg

A practical and inspirational guide to connecting personal and social transformation Skillfully weaving together basic spiritual teachings, real-life examples, social context, and exercises, Rothberg provides a clear, thorough, and compelling guide for those interested in connecting inner and outer transformation. At the core of the book are ten spiritual principles and associated practices that will enable readers to engage all the parts of their lives-whether personal, interpersonal, or political-into a seamless whole.

Engaged Buddhism in the West
Christopher Queen

Engaged Buddhism in the West illuminates the evolution of this newest chapter in the Buddhist tradition—including its history, leadership, and teachings—and addresses issues such as violence and peace, race and gender, homelessness , prisons, and the environment.

Eighteen new studies explore the activism of renowned leaders and organizations, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Bernard Glassman, Joanna Macy, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and the Free Tibet Movement, and the emergence of a new Buddhism in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

The Path of Compassion
Fred Eppsteiner

 

Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Duncan Ryuken Williams (editors)

In noting the cultural diversity of Buddhism, it highlights aspects of the tradition which may be helpful in formulating an effective environmental ethics. It cites examples from both Asia and the United States of socially engaged Buddhist projects to protect the environment. Finally, the volume explores some of the theoretical and methodological issues involved in such a project. Elaborating upon topics introduced at a conference at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, the authors analyze the prospects and the problems of using Buddhism as an environmental resource in both theory and practice.

The New Social Face of Buddhism
Ken Jones

Ken Jones presents an astute, well-informed, and balanced analysis of the philosophy, history, and future of socially relevant Buddhism. At a time when clear social action is needed more than ever, The New Social Face of Buddhism is vital reading for activists, scholars and everyone seeking to transform their sprititual practice into a force for social, political, and global change. A groundbreaking work, Jones' book is a wellspring of inspiration that should not be missed.

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