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Engaged Buddhism in the west
Queen, Christopher S., 1945-
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Wisdom Publications, 2000.
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xi, 544 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Engaged Buddhism is founded on the belief that genuine spiritual practice requires an active involvement in society. Engaged Buddhism in the West illuminates the evolution of this new chapter in the Buddhist tradition - including its history, leadership, and teachings - and addresses issues such as violence and peace, race and gender, homelessness, prisons, and the environment.

Eighteen new studies explore the activism of renowned leaders and organizations, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Bernard Glassman, Joanna Macy, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and the Free Tibet Movement, and the emergence of a new Buddhism in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

Author Notes

Christopher S. Queen teaches Buddhism and World Religions at Harvard University. He has authored and edited many works on Buddhism, including Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia . Chris is also the Convener and Honorary Chairman of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics' online conference on "Socially Engaged Buddhism". He lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.

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Queen (Harvard, author of Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia, CH, Sep'96) masterfully gathers voices from Western groups that practice the ethics of Buddhist engagement. He identifies four distinctive "styles of practice." The first three--the ethics of discipline, virtue, and altruism--are central to traditional Buddhist ethics. The fourth--ethics of engagement--is newer, moving beyond the ethics of altruism to focus on the creation of new social institutions and relations. It addresses "political tyranny, economic injustice, and environmental degradation." While one way of effecting social change is through internal transformation one-by-one, much of contemporary engagement in the West works to transform external conditions that can transform internal views. Queen presents several contemporary efforts to effect widespread social, political, and economic change based on revisioned spiritual values: the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and North American Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement, Peacemaker Order, Nipponzan Myohoji, Soka Gakkai, Free Tibet Movement, Karuna Center, Gay Buddhist Fellowship, Naropa Institute, Buddhist prison ministries, and International Network of Engaged Buddhists. Through caring, charismatic leaders, newsletters, and grassroots activity, engaged Buddhist groups focus on the environment, race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, healing and stress reduction, and work as dharma practice. Scholarly yet personal, detailed yet wise to general movements, timely yet historically grounded, this is an absolute must for general, undergraduate, and graduate libraries, and for all who care about changing our world. E. Findly; Trinity College (CT)

Table of Contents

Christopher S. QueenPatricia Hunt-Perry and Lyn FineJudith Simmer-BrownChristopher S. QueenPaula GreenStephanie KazaDavid W. ChappellJohn PowersSusan MoonRoger CorlessJanet McLellanAndrew OlendzkiRobert GossVirginia Cohn Parkum and J. Anthony StultzMartin BaumannSandra BellFranz-Johannes LitschDarrell WrattenRoderick S. BucknellKenneth Kraft
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: A New Buddhismp. 1
Engaged Buddhism as Peacemaking
All Buddhism Is Engaged: Thich Nhat Hanh and the Order of Interbeingp. 35
Speaking Truth to Power: The Buddhist Peace Fellowshipp. 67
Glassman Roshi and the Peacemaker Order: Three Encountersp. 95
Walking for Peace: Nipponzan Myohojip. 128
Engaging the Issues: Environment, Race, Human Rights
To Save All Beings: Buddhist Environmental Activismp. 159
Racial Diversity in the Soka Gakkaip. 184
The Free Tibet Movement: A Selective Narrativep. 218
Identity Politics: Gender, Sexuai Orientation, Ethnicity
Activist Women in American Buddhismp. 247
Gay Buddhist Fellowshipp. 269
Social Action among Toronto's Asian Buddhistsp. 280
Engaging the Institutions: Health, Education, Prisons, Commerce
Meditation, Healing, and Stress Reductionp. 307
Naropa Institute: The Engaged Academyp. 328
The Angulimala Lineage: Buddhist Prison Ministriesp. 347
Work as Dharma Practice: Right Livelihood Cooperatives of the FWBOp. 372
Engaged Buddhism in Europe, Africa, and Australia
A Survey of Engaged Buddhism in Britainp. 397
Engaged Buddhism in German-Speaking Europep. 423
Engaged Buddhism in South Africap. 446
Engaged Buddhism in Australiap. 468
Looking Ahead
New Voices in Engaged Buddhist Studiesp. 485
Bibliographyp. 513
List of Contributorsp. 524
Indexp. 529