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On Thu, 1 March, 2018 - 22:40
akashadevi's picture
akashadevi

Ken Jones’ ‘Buddhism and Social Action’. 23 years old, yet as relevant as ever in my view, and the deepest, most thoughtful and comprehensive exploration of the topic I have as yet come across:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/jones/wheel285.html

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Tejopala's picture

Agreed - this is excellent stuff.

Even better is his book ‘The New Social Face of Buddhism: a Call to Action’. The most recent version of this was published in 2003. It is the most thoughtful, interesting and thoroughgoing thing I’ve yet read on the question of Buddhists engaging with social issues. 

Jones manages to make a very clear case for such action while pointing out the potential dangers of turning such social engagement into an ego trip. The book is deeply grounded in the Dharma and is not to be missed if you take these questions seriously.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1982759.The_New_Social_Face_of_Buddhism

parami's picture

Thanks both, I read both books years ago but feel inspired to re read them now.  I think it is so important that we don’t (I mean our community generally) polarise into seeing these issues as ‘too political’ so good to see Dharmic grounding given centre stage.   The issues aren’t political in my mind - they are crucial, Bodhisattva practice.  I guess what is important is how we tackle debate and discussion - and action - around them. Thanks again for the reminder.

Parami

Tejopala's picture

Agreed, Parami: how we tackle the debate and discussion about this is indeed a central question. It’s one I’d like to hear your thoughts on and discuss with you. Would you be willing to Skype about it at some point in the next few weeks?