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Engaged Buddhism: The Dalai Lama's Worldview

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Item Code: IDF751
Author: Bharati Puri
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9780198062486
Pages: 263
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 0.3 kg
From the Jacket :

The Dalai Lama's ethical teachings have gained recognition the world over. His actions and writings reflect a concern for combining ancient religious traditions with a contemporary political, social, and religious cause, extending to the arena of international politics and human relations.

Highlighting the relevance of traditional Buddhist ideals of wisdom and compassion in modern social activism, Engaged Buddhism is a movement that seeks to synthesize philosophy and life. Arguably the most renowned of the Engaged Buddhists, the Dalai Lama's thought symbolizes a religious and ethical response to situations and the human condition.

One of the first books to analyse the conceptual foundations of the Dalai Lama's thought, this volume elaborates on various issues such as his views on human rights, religious, non-violent conflict resolution, and the environment. Puri carries out an in-depth analysis of the Dalai Lama's thought by categorizing it under various sub-themes. Allusions to other thinkers and writers draw parallels to the thought of the Dalai Lama, thus highlighting its eclectic dimensions.

The book includes an interview Puri had conducted personally with Dalai Lama, a revealing first-hand account of his life and philosophy. Also included is comprehensive bibliography of works by and on the Dalai Lama.

This important volume will attract a wide audience of students and scholars across religious, philosophy, Buddhist studies, Tibetan studies, peace studies, and international relations. The lay reader too will find this an informative and a rewarding read.

About the Author :

Bharati Puri is a visiting Research Fellow at Tamkang University, Taipei. She has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Acknowledgements vii
Engaged Buddhist Ethics
Theory, Praxis, and the Dalai Lama's Weltanschauung
1. Bodhisattva and Satyagrahi
Evolving Dynamics in the Dalai Lama's Formulation of Non-Violence
2. Universal Responsibility in the Dalai Lama's Worldview 55
3. 'A Clean Environment is a Human Right Like Any Other'
Interlinking Eco Justice, Social Justice, and Environmental Protection
4. The Dalai Lama on Religion and Humanism 119
Conclusion 146
Appendix I
Interview with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, at his Private Office, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, on 27 August 2001
Appendix II
The Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Oslo, Norway, December 10, 1989
Appendix III
Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet Strasbourg Proposal, June 15, 1988, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Appendix IV
Nobel Peace Laureate Joint Declaration, November 6, 1998
Appendix V
Table of the 14 Dalai Lamas
Appendix VI
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Adopted and Proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
Glossary 211
Bibliography 214
Index 245

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