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Action Dharma

New Studies in Engaged Buddhism, 1st Edition

Edited by Damien Keown, Charles S. Prebish, Christopher Queen

Routledge

386 pages

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Action Dharma charts the emergence of a new chapter in an ancient faith - the rise of social service and political activism in Buddhist Asia and the West. Fourteen new essays treat the historical origins, global range, teachings and practices, and leaders and organizations that make up the latest turning of the Dharma. Environmentalism and peace walks through the minefields of Southeast Asia, the future of the 'untouchables' of Japan, and outreach to minorities and inmates of the criminal justice system in the West are some of the challenging topics considered.

Reviews

'The editors do a nice job of balancing material among these various sections, all of which include interesting, informative articles.' - Journal of Asian Studies

'Yarnell's essay is consistently intelligent and should probably be read and pondered by all scholars working on engaged Buddhism as a discrete new phenomenon.' - Journal of Asian Studies

Table of Contents

Part 1. Historical Roots Part 2. Asian Developments Part 3. Western Frontiers Part 4. Three Critiques

About the Editors

Christopher Queen is Dean of students for continuing education and Lecturer on the study of religion in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. He is editor and contributor to Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia (With Sallie B, King), American Buddhism: Methods and Findings in recent Scholarship (with Duncan Ryuken Williams) and Engaged Buddhism in the West.

Charles Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State Univesrity and founding co-editor of the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics. He is author and editor of eleven books including Buddhist Monastic Discipline, American Buddhism, Historical Dictionary of Buddhism, A Survey of Vinaya Literature, The Faces of Buddhism in America and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America.

Damien Keown is Senior Lecturer in Indian Religion at Goldmsiths College, University of London,and founding co-editor of the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics. His publications include The Nature of Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Bioethics and Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism is a comprehensive study of the Buddhist tradition. The series explores this complex and extensive tradition from a variety of perspectives, using a range of different methodologies. The series is diverse in its focus, including historical, philological, cultural, and sociological investigations into the manifold features and expressions of Buddhism worldwide. It also presents works of constructive and reflective analysis, including the role of Buddhist thought and scholarship in a contemporary, critical context and in the light of current social issues. The series is expansive and imaginative in scope, spanning more than two and a half millennia of Buddhist history. It is receptive to all research works that are of significance and interest to the broader field of Buddhist Studies.

Some of the titles in the series are published in association with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, which conducts and promotes rigorous teaching and research into all forms of the Buddhist tradition.

Editorial Advisory Board:
James A. Benn, McMaster University, Canada

Jinhua Chen, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, UK

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland, UK

Sallie King, James Madison University, USA

Anne Klein, Rice University, USA

Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, USA;

Ulrich Pagel, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

John Powers, Australian National University, Australia;

Juliane Schober, Arizona State University, USA

Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI028000
PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist
REL007000
RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General