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Socially Engaged Buddhism$
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Sallie B. King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833350

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833350.001.0001

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(p.176) Chapter 9 Conclusion
Socially Engaged Buddhism

Sallie B. King

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter addresses the question: what is Buddhist about the Engaged Buddhism? The signature contribution of Engaged Buddhism to global thinking about spiritual social activism is the idea expressed by the Engaged Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh as “being peace.” This idea asserts that in order to make peace, the peacemaker needs to be peaceful. In addition, the Buddhist idea of no-self is absolutely fundamental to Engaged Buddhism and also very challenging, both philosophically and spiritually. It turns out to have profound consequences for Buddhist engagement with the world's problems. The nonexistence of an individual human self, together with the idea of interdependence, leads to the understanding that there is no absolute separation between “self” and “other.”

Keywords:   Buddhist, Engaged Buddhism, global thinking, social activism, Buddhist engagement, no-self

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