Engaged Practice

Engaged practice

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
The Middle Way Life in a World of Polarity

What's Buddhist about Socially Engaged Buddhism
David Loy

The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dharma for Healing the World
Joanna Macy

New Voices in Engaged Buddhist Studies
Kenneth Kraft

Engaged Buddhism
Joan Halifax Roshi

Practices for Activists
Joanna Macy

Rules of Engagement
Kazuaki Tanahashi

In Engaged Buddhism, Peace Begins with You
Thich Nhat Hahn interview

Comprehensive Bibliography - Socially Engaged Buddhism
Buddhist Peace Fellowshio (compiled by Donald Rothberg - 2005)

Justify Your Love: Finding Authority for Socially Engaged Buddhism: Ways of Relating Buddhist Tradition and Practice with Social Theory
Diana Winston

How Shall We Save the World?
Nelson Foster
Can Buddhism Save the World? A Response to Nelson Foster
David R. Loy

Socially Engaged Buddhism & Modernity: What Sort of Animals are They?
Santikaro Bhikkhu

Global problem-solving: A Buddhist perspective
Sulak Sivaraksa

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Buddhist Peace Fellowship
BPF serves as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism, helping beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change.

Zen Peacemakers
Zen Peacemakers are individuals, groups and organizations dedicated to realizing and actualizing the interconnectedness of life. The effects of Zen practice unfolds in the meditation halls, at work, within families and within community. For the past 25 years Zen Peacemakers have been developing new forms, methods and structures in the areas of peacemaking, social enterprise and Zen practice, emphasizing the transformation of the individual and society.

Think Sangha
A socially engaged Buddhist think tank affiliated with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) in the United States and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) using a Buddhist sangha model to explore pressing social issues and concerns. The group's methodology is one based in friendship and Buddhist practice as much as theory and thought. The Think Sangha's core activities are networking with other thinker-activists, producing Buddhist critiques of social structures and alternative social models, and providing materials and resource persons for trainings, conferences, and research on social issues and grassroots activism.
Article about: Exploring the Method of Socially Engaged Buddhism

International Network of Engaged Buddhists (UK)

International Network of Engaged Buddhism/
Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation
A network committed to social justice with ecological vision and based on engaged spirituality and Sulak Sivaraksa, Our Founder, Honouring seventy years if living and working for justice, peace, democracy and sustainable livelihoods.

Consumption and consumerism are now central global issues, touching concerns such as environment, community development, education, and sex and gender issues. Buddhists are exploring what unique contributions the Dharma can offer.


Key Characteristics Of Consumerism & Buddhist Foils
Think Sangha

An alternative to consumerism
Sulak Sivaraksa

Consumerism and the Precepts
Taigen Leighton

Consumerism & The Way Out Of Consumerism
Ken Jones

The Religion of Consumption: A Buddhist Rebuttle
David Loy & Jonathan Watts

Shall We Pave the Planet, or Learn To Wear Shoes? A Buddhist Perspective on Greed and Globalization
David R. Loy

Demythologizing Consumerism: A Buddhist Pathway
Jonathan Watts, Think Sangha
The First Noble Truth (Dukkha): The Spiritual Roots And Delusion Of Consumer Culture
The Second Noble Truth (Samudaya): Deconstructing Consumer Behavior
The Third Noble Truth (Nirodha): A Life Beyond Consumer Attachment
The Fourth Noble Truth (Magga): Practicing Personal and Social Connnection

Spiritual Materialism and the Sacraments of Consumerism: A View from Thailand
Phra Phaisan Visalo

Overcoming the Grip of Consumerism
Stephanie Kaza

Buddhism And Consumerism
Venerable Thubten Chodron

The Crisis of Comsumerism
Judith Simmer-Brown

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"The ecological crisis we witness today is, from a Buddhist perspective a rather predictable outcome of the kinds of deluded behaviour the Buddha described 2500 years ago. Greed, hatred and stupidity, the three poisons the Buddha spoke of, have now spilled beyond the confines of the human mind and village politics, to poison quite literally the seas, the air and the earth itself. And the fire the Buddha spoke of as metaphorically engulfing the world and its inhabitants in flames is now horribly visible in nuclear explosions and smouldering rainforests, and psychologically apparent in the rampant consumerism of our times." Stephen Batchelor


Buddhism and Ecology: Challenge and Promise
Donald K. Swearer

Principles and poetry, places and stories: The resources of Buddhist ecology
Donald K. Swearer

Green Buddhism
Stephanie Kaza

The Greening of Buddhist Practice
Kenneth Kraft

Can We Keep Peace with nature?
Stephanie Kaza

An Assessment of Buddhist Eco-Philosophy
Donald Swearer

To Save All Beings: Buddhist Environmental Activism
Stephanie Kaza

The Ecological Self
Joanna Macy

The Deep Ecology Platform
Joanna Macy

Deep Time
Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy

The New New (Buddhist?) Ecology
J. Baird Callicott

The Foundations of Ecology in Zen Buddhism
Ven. Sunyana Graef

The Relevance of Vipassana for the Environmental Crisis
Prof. Lily de Silva

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See Learning Center's ethics page >>>

Gender and Buddhism

Feminism and Buddhism: A Reflection through Personal Life & Working Experience
Ouyporn Khuankaew

Buddhism, Feminism, and the Environmental Crisis: Acting with Compassion
Stephanie Kaza

See Learning Center's Women and Buddhism >>>

Gay Buddhist Fellowship

"The relentless drive by world-wide corporate entities to force their products on to the richer sectors threatens the global balance of natural resources and the lifestyle of indigenous people." Sulak Sivaraksa

Globalisation Represents Greed
Sulak Sivaraksa

A Buddhist Critique of Transnational Corporations
David Loy

The Religion of the Market
David Loy

Globalization and Buddhism
Alfred Bloom

Globalization from a Buddhist Perspective
Pracha Hutanuwatr and Jane Rasbash


See Learning Center's Dying and Death page >>>

India and Dr. Ambedkar

Dr. Amedkar & His People web site

Writings of Dr. Ambedkar

Arising Light - a film on Dr B. R. Ambedkar and the untouchables

Peacemaking and non-violence

Buddhism and Non-Violence
Sulak Sivaraksa

Non-violence: A Study Guide
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Budhha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism
Paul Fleischman, M.D.

Mindfulness is the Key to Peace
Sulak Sivaraksa

Buddhism and Peace
Jan Willis

Buddhist Ideas for Attaining World Peace
Ron Epstein

Vowing Peace in an Age of War
Alan Senauke

The Personal Roots of Peace
Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace Making
Thich Nhat Hanh - audio CDs

Buddhism and Nonviolence Global Problem-Solving
Glen Paige

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Prison Dharma

Symbols and Narration in Buddhist Prison Ministry: The Timelessness of Skillful Means
Virginia Cohn Parkum, Blue Mountain Meditation Society

Prison Dharma Network
A nonsectarian Buddhist network for prisoners, prison volunteers, and correctional workers supporting prisoners in the practice of contemplative disciplines, with emphasis on the meditation practices of the various Buddhist traditions. An affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and a village of the Peacemaker Community.

The Prison Monk
Fleet Maull interview

The National Buddhist Prison Sangha
Zen Mountain Monastery's National Buddhist Prison Sangha is a right action program offering spiritual guidance and support to prison inmates.

Angulimala Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy Organisation
Teaching and practice of Buddhism in UK Prisons

The Engaged Zen Foundation
An independent organization of Buddhist practitioners involved with prison ministry, dedicated to fostering meditation practice in prison.

Racism and Buddhism

On Race & Buddhism
Alan Senauke

Engaged Buddhism in Asia

Joanna Macy

A Thai perspective on socially engaged Buddhism: A conversation with Sulak Sivaraksa
Donald Rothberg

Engaged Environmental Projects in Asia

The Search for Socially Engaged Buddhism in Japan
Jonathan Watts, Earth Sanha

The Ordination of a Tree: The Buddhist ecology movement in Thailand
Susan M, Darlington

Buddhism and Deep Ecology for the Protection on Wild Asian Elephants
Danniel Henning

Steering the middle path: Buddhism, non-violence and political change in Cambodia
Yos Hut Khemacaro

National Political Violence and Buddhism Response in Cambodia
Ubasak Ros Sotha

Nonviolent Buddhist Problem-Solving in Sri Lanka
A.T. Ariyaratne

60 Years of Achieving Peace in Siam
Sulak Sivaraksa

Engaged Buddhism in the West

Activist Women in Buddhism


Web sites

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Network of Engaged Buddhists UK


Engaged practice

The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
Donald Rothberg (Beacon - 2006)

Engaged Buddhism in the West
by Christopher S. Queen

Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism
Christopher Queen (editor) (RoutledgeCurzon - 2003)

Engaged Buddhist Reader
by Arnold Kotler (Parallax -2005)

Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism
Thich Nhat Hahn (Parallax - 2005)

Socially Engaged Buddhism
by Sulak Sivaraksa (B.R. Publishing - 2005)

Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism
Susan Moon (editor) (Shambhala 2004)

The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action
Ken Jones (Wisdom - 2003)

Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia
Christopher S. Queen (editor), Sallie B. King (editor) (SUNY - 1996)

Being Benevolence: The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism
Sallie B. King (U. Hawaii Press- 2006)

Conflict, Culture, Change: Engaged Buddhism in a Globalizing World
Sulak Sivaraksa (Wisdom - 2005)

The Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism
Fred Eppsteiner (editor) (Parallax - 1988)


Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism
Allan Hunt Badiner (editor) (Parallax - 2005)

Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
Stephanie Kaza (editor) (Shambhala - 2006)
Key Buddhist thinkers reflect upon aspects of consumerism, greed and economicspairing of consumerist critiques with core Buddhist concepts.


Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds
Mary Evelyn Tucker (editor), Duncan Ryuken Williams (editor)

Dharma Rain
Stephanie Kaza, Kenneth Kraft (editors) (Harvard Center for World Religions - 1998)

Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism & Ecology
Allan Hunt Badiner (editor) (Parallax - 2005)

Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Environmental Philosophy
J. Baird Callicott, Roger T. Ames (editors) (SUNY - 1989)

World as Lover, World as Self
Joanna Macy (Parallax - 2005)

Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
by Joanna R. Macy, Molly Young Brown (New Society Publishers - 1998)


Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace
David Chappell (editor) (Wisdom - 2000)

Peace Is Every Step
Thich Nhat Hahn (Bantam - 1992)