Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace
Developed by the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (now the Ikeda Center)
Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace probes the link between inner peace and global harmony and examines the shift within Buddhist communities from isolated monasticism to an engaged activism for peace. The chapters provide eighteen “reports from the field” on grassroots Buddhist peace activities, and the authors—all of whom are Buddhist leaders and/or scholar-activists—represent a wide range of traditions within Buddhism, including Theravadan, East Asian, Tibetan and Mongolian, and Western.
With its thoughtful exploration of each community’s approach to peacemaking, Buddhist Peacework is a dynamic resource for inter-Buddhist dialogue and for university courses dealing with religion and peace, Buddhist ethics, engaged Buddhism, and peace studies.
“Buddhists have suffered immeasurably from the brutality and injustice of the modern world; from this crucible has emerged a remarkable generation of Buddhist leadership intently focused on peace building. This volume makes available—for the first time in one place—first-person statements of the ideas and work of such eminent Buddhist leaders as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maha Ghosananda, A.T. Ariyaratne, Daisaku Ikeda, Shih Cheng-yen, Sulak Sivaraksa, and Robert Aitken; a cornucopia of visionary and creative social engagement.”
“This book is a welcome and highly readable addition to the growing literature on religiously inspired efforts toward world peace. It enlarges and deepens the discussion by asking not only the obvious questions about responsibility and engagement but also the seldom asked and uncomfortable questions about the role of the community and of the individual.”
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