An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism

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Paul Fuller
  • New York: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , September
     248 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This textbook introduces and explores the ideas, practices and philosophy of engaged Buddhism. The movement holds that suffering is not just caused by the cravings of the mind, but also by political and social factors; therefore, engaged Buddhists 'engage' with social issues to achieve liberation. Paul Fuller outlines the movement's origins and principles. He then offers a comprehensive analysis of the central themes and issues of engaged Buddhism, offering new insights into the formation of modern Buddhism. The range of issues covered includes politics, gender, environmentalism, identity, blasphemy and violence. These are illustrated by case studies and examples from a range of locations where Buddhism is practised. Discussion points and suggested further reading are provided at the end of each chapter, which will further enrich undergraduates' grasp of the topic.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul Fuller is Teaching Fellow in Buddhist Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK.



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