the buddha’s teachings on social and communal harmony

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“Through scholarship and wise discernment, Bhikkhu Bodhi has chosen a set of discourses that uncover and make clear the Buddha’s approach to social affairs. A timely and powerful resource for all varieties of peace work, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony provides a direct way to refer to the Buddha’s teachings around developing civil society. This is a fantastic support and inspiration for all of us who value and wish to foster a more harmonious world.”Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

 

“This book is essential reading for the socially engaged individual, Buddhist or otherwise.”—Buddhadharma

THE BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS ON SOCIAL AND COMMUNAL HARMONY

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

Bhikkhu Bodhi

In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddha’s teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pāli Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha’s discourses, are organized into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddha’s approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavor. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world.

Includes a prologue and epilogue by Hozan Alan Senauke.

Watch Bhikkhu Bodhi describe a day in the life of the Buddha

book information
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $17.95
  • ISBN 9781614293552
  • ebook
  • 240 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614293736
about the author
The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City, born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition.

Other books by Bhikkhu Bodhi:
Buddhist Suttas for Recitation
Abhidhamma Studies
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
In the Buddha’s Words
Great Disciples of the Buddha
The Suttanipata

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