Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive coverage of socially and politically engaged Buddhism in Asia, presenting the historical development and institutional forms of engaged Buddhism in the light of traditional Buddhist conceptions of morality, interdependence, and liberation.
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Editorial Reviews

Mavis L. Fenn
Taken together, these articles provide an excellent introduction to the field of engaged Buddhism and to the major leaders, issues and activities that constitute Buddhist liberation movements in Asia....It is a fine introductory volume and I would not hesitate to use it as a text. I have already referred students of Buddhism, Women and Religion, and Political Science to various articles...
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Describes nine contemporary Buddhist movements and leaders in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan. Also explores the historical and institutional development of the movements in the context of traditional Buddhist conceptions of morality, interdependence, and liberation; and western ideas of freedom, human rights, and democracy. A chapter covers Buddhist women and nuns' orders in Asia. The 11 essays were presented in a panel at the 1990 national meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mavis L. Fenn
Taken together, these articles provide an excellent introduction to the field of engaged Buddhism and to the major leaders, issues and activities that constitute Buddhist liberation movements in Asia....It is a fine introductory volume and I would not hesitate to use it as a text. I have already referred students of Buddhism, Women and Religion, and Political Science to various articles... -- Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791428443
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: The Shapes and Sources of Engaged Buddhism
Christopher S. Queen

2. Dr. Ambedkar and the Hermeneutics of Buddhist Liberation
Christopher S. Queen

3. TBMSG: A Dhamma Revolution in Contemporary India
Alan Sponberg

4. A.T. Ariyaratne and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka
George D. Bond

5. Buddhadasa Bhikku: Life and Society Through the Natural Eyes of Voidness
Santikaro Bhikkhu

6. Sulak Sivaraksa's Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society
Donald K. Swearer

Engaged Buddhist Leaders

Buddhist Liberation Movement Activities

7. Buddhist Women and the Nuns' Order in Asia
Nancy J. Barnes

8. Buddhist Principles in the Tibetan Liberation Movement
José Ignacio Cabezón

9. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Unified Buddhist Church: Nondualism in Action
Sallie B. King

10. The Soka Gakkai: Buddhism and the Creation of a Harmonious and Peaceful Society
Daniel A. Metraux

11. Conclusion: Buddhist Social Activism
Sallie B. King

Contributors

Index

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