Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia

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Christopher S. Queen, Sallie B. King
SUNY Press, Mar 14, 1996 - Philosophy - 446 pages
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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. 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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Contents

Dr Ambedkar and the Hermeneutics
45
A Dhamma Revolution
73
A T Ariyaratne and the Sarvodaya Shramadana
121
Life and Society Through
147
Sulak Sivaraksas Buddhist Vision for Renewing
195
Buddhist Women and the Nuns Order in Asia
259
Buddhist Principles in the Tibetan Liberation
295
Buddhism and the Creation
365
Buddhist Social Activism
401
Contributors
437
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About the author (1996)

Christopher S. Queen is Dean of Students and Lecturer on Religion in the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University.

Sallie B. King is Head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University. She is the author of Buddha Nature and Journey in Search of the Way, both published by SUNY Press.

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