Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia
This is the first comprehensive study of socially and politically engaged Buddhism in the lands of its origin. Nine accounts of contemporary movements in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan are framed by interpretive essays. The historical development and institutional forms of engaged Buddhism are considered in the light of traditional Buddhist conceptions of morality, interdependence, and liberation; and Western ideas of freedom, human rights, and democracy.
Since the fiery self-immolation of the Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc on a Saigon street in 1963, engaged Buddhism has spread throughout Asia and the West. Twice in recent years the Nobel Prize for peace was awarded to Buddhists for their efforts to free their compatriots from totalitarian regimes.
Engaged Buddhism presents ordained and lay Buddhist activists like Thich Nhat Hanh of Vietnam, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand, A. T. Ariyaratne and the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement of Sri Lanka, Daisaku Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai movement of Japan, followers of the Indian Untouchable leader, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, and Buddhist women throughout Asia. These leaders have campaigned relentlessly, attracted and organized millions of new converts, faced death threats, landed in jail, founded schools and universities, and produced a massive new Buddhist literature to restore social and economic justice to their societies.
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Dr Ambedkar and the Hermeneutics
A Dhamma Revolution
A T Ariyaratne and the Sarvodaya Shramadana
Life and Society Through
Sulak Sivaraksas Buddhist Vision for Renewing
Buddhist Women and the Nuns Order in Asia
Buddhist Principles in the Tibetan Liberation
Buddhism and the Creation
Buddhist Social Activism
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