Buddhism And Peace: Theory And Practice

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Buddhism and Peace: Theory and Practice is among the most comprehensive books on this topic to date. Of the seven international seminars on Buddhism and Leadership for Peace, which have gained worldwide reputation in leading discussions on Buddhism and peace, the seventh seminar was the most successful. Thirty-one eminent scholars and activists among the more than forty participants presented papers on Buddhism and peace from the varying perspectives of their expertise. The two major Buddhist traditions, the Theravada and the Mahayana, are equally represented in this book. Likewise, a balance is struck in this book in terms of the number of articles dealing with theory and those concentrating on practice. The result is a collection of essential readings on the application of Buddhist wisdom for peace activists, scholars of religion, social scientists, and others in these troubled times, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

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Ven. Chanju Mun (Ordination Name: Seongwon) is the founder and chief editor of Blue Pine Books and is currently teaching Buddhist philosophy at the University of Hawaii - Manoa. He is also assigned to lead the International Seminar on Buddhism and Leadership for Peace, initiated in 1983 by Ven. Daewon Ki, founder of Dae Won Sa Buddhist Temple of Hawaii, the largest Korean temple in North America and Dr. Glenn D. Paige, founder of non-violence (non-killing) political science and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii -Manoa. The editor received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002 and a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Seoul National University in 1991. He has been a researcher at exiled Tibetan Drepung Monastic University in South India and at the University of Tokyo. His recent publications are as follows: Buddhist Exploration of Peace and Justice (Honolulu, Hawaii: Blue Pine, 2006), The History of Doctrinal Classification in Chinese Buddhism: A Study of the Panjiao Systems (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2006), Mediators and Meditators: Buddhism and Peacemaking (Honolulu, Hawaii: Blue Pine, 2007), The World is One Flower: Buddhist Leadership for Peace (Honolulu, Hawaii: Blue Pine, 2006), and others.

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This volume should prove illuminating both to practitioners and scholars of Buddhism who may not have schooled themselves on this particular perspective on the tradition and to people around the world who are personally and collectively involved in one or another phase of te peace initiative, as well as to, the general educated reader who is interested in learning what Buddhism has to contribute to the human striving toward world peace. --J. Bruce Long, Hsi Lai Journal of Humanstic Buddhism 8 (2007): 371-373

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