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Buddhist peacework : creating cultures of peace
Chappell, David W., 1940-2004.
Publication Information:
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications : In association with Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, [1999]

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253 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Buddhism is famous for bringing inner peace, but what about social harmony, human rights, and environmental balance? We have a responsibility today to work directly with our own suffering and the suffering in our communities, the world, and the environment.

Buddhist Peacework collects - for the first time in one place - first-person descriptions of the ideas and work of eminent Buddhist leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maha Ghosananda, A.T. Ariyaratne, Daisaku Ikeda, Shih Cheng-yen, Sulak Sivaraksa, and Robert Aitken. These 18 essays are divided into three sections that explore the newest Buddhist social developments, the principles that guide Buddhist peacework, and the importance of ongoing inner peacework in developing a sense of kinship with all people.

Author Notes

David W. Chappell was a scholar of Chinese Buddhism and graduate chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaii. He inititiated a series of Buddhist-Christian conferences in 1980 and was founding editor of the academic journal Buddhist-Christian Studies from 1980-95. He became the founding director of the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Hawaii in 1987. In 1988, Professor Chappell was a cofounder of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and served as its President from 1993-95. He died in 2004.

Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and an anthropologist. Her books include Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America and Being with Dying . She is the founder of the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe NM, where she now practices, teaches, and works. She is a Founding Teacher in the Zen Peacemaker Order of Roshi Bernie Glassman and the late Sensei Jishu Holmes and is a Soto priest and teacher.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Eighteen Buddhist leaders respond here to the recent United Nations document Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace. Peace, according to the collection's editor, is more than merely the inner tranquillity sometimes ascribed to Buddhism; it requires the recognition that all beings suffer, and that "we are not separate from others." The book's contributors include monks and laypersons from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions, speaking not just theoretically about peace, but from their personal experiences of life in war-ravaged or unjust societies. Vietnamese exile Thich Nhat Hahn writes of his efforts to rescue the "boat people" who fled his home country in the 1970s, while Dhammachari Lokamitra recounts the resurgence of Buddhism in India, its country of origin, where thousands of "Untouchables" seek a religion that will uproot the hierarchical foundations of the caste system. The various essays offer examples of Buddhist initiatives for peace all over the world, from Myanmar to Los Alamos; such "engaged Buddhists" agitate on issues such as the environment, nuclear arms, interreligious dialogue, homelessness, hunger and women's rights. The contributors' perspectives on peace are illuminating, but the most intriguing stories deal with the justice-oriented offshoots of the Buddhist tradition, such as the revival of Chontae Buddhism in Korea. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

In 1994 UNESCO assembled in Barcelona a conference of world religious leaders who issued the Declaration on the Role of Religions in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace. This volume collects 18 brief essays by activists and leaders who reflect on the Declaration; the essays display the rich traditions and concerns of Buddhism's abundant breadth in the field of social and political outreach. The role of personal vows--translating theory into practice--takes a prominent place in many of the essays, as does the role of the sangha in promoting activism and restraining its possible excesses. Thich Nhat Hanh, as well known outside Buddhism as inside, contributes a very thoughtful piece, which will surely be widely anthologized. Peace movements proceed step by step and only when the practitioner listens carefully. Maha Ghosanda, writing on human solidarity, and Sulak Sivaraska, writing on the ethos of consumerism, are particularly arresting. The desire to remain within the comforting temple precincts is an ever-present danger to be overcome. "We are our own Temple." Chappell (Univ. of Hawaii) includes Web sites, e-mail addresses, and a conventional bibliography to permit the reader to pursue this introductory material. All levels. D. A. Brown; California State University, Fullerton

Table of Contents

Virginia StrausJoan HalifaxDavid W. ChappellDhammachari LokamitraSulak SivaraksaShih Cheng-YenKarma Lekshe TsomoLama Bataa MishigishA. T. AriyaratneStephanie KazaRobert AitkenJeon Chong-YoonJudith Simmer-BrownKosan SunimDaisaku IkedaMaha GhosanandaThich Nhat HanhBhante Henepola GunaratanaShin Sheng-YenJose Ignacio CabezonTenzin GyatsoDavid W. ChappellJanusz Symonides
Prefacep. 7
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 15
I. Building Inclusive Communities
Chapter 1 The Dhamma Revolution in India: Peacemaking Begins with the Eradication of the Caste Systemp. 29
Chapter 2 Buddhism and a Culture of Peacep. 39
Chapter 3 A New Millennium of Goodness, Beauty, and Truthp. 47
Chapter 4 Buddhist Women in the Global Community: Women as Peacemakersp. 53
Chapter 5 The Oppression of Buddhists in Mongoliap. 61
Chapter 6 Sarvodaya Shramadana's Approach to Peacebuildingp. 69
II. Rebuilding Moral Cultures
Chapter 7 Keeping Peace with Naturep. 81
Chapter 8 The Net of Vowsp. 93
Chapter 9 The Activities of the Korean Buddhist Chontae Order toward World Peacep. 103
Chapter 10 Shambhala: "Enlightened Warriorship" for Peacep. 113
Chapter 11 My Way of Pilgrimage to Peacep. 121
Chapter 12 The SGI's Peace Movementp. 129
Buddhist Leaders and Peacework Activitiesp. 139
III. Inner Peace, Outer Kindness
Chapter 13 The Human Familyp. 151
Chapter 14 Ahimsa: The Path of Harmlessnessp. 155
Chapter 15 The Happiness of Peacep. 165
Chapter 16 A Pure Land on Earthp. 175
Chapter 17 The UNESCO Declaration: A Tibetan Buddhist Perspectivep. 183
Chapter 18 Dialogue on Religion and Peacep. 189
Conclusion: Buddhist Peace Principlesp. 199
Reflections on the Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peacep. 233
UNESCO's Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peacep. 237
Glossary of Buddhist Termsp. 243
About the Editorp. 249
About the Boston Research Centerp. 251
About Wisdomp. 253