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1st Edition

Buddhist Visions of the Good Life for All

Edited By

Sallie B. King

ISBN 9780367561819
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
272 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book highlights what Buddhism has to offer for "living well" here and now—for individuals, society as a whole, all sentient beings and the planet itself.

From the perspectives of a variety of Buddhist thinkers, the book evaluates what a good life is like, what is desirable for human society, and ways in which we should live in and with the natural world. By examining this-worldly Buddhist philosophy and movements in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Tibetan diaspora, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States, the book assesses what Buddhists offer for the building of a good society. It explores the proposals and programs made by progressive and widely influential lay and monastic thinkers and activists, as well as the works of movement leaders such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, for the social, economic, political and environmental systems in their various countries.

Demonstrating that Buddhism is not solely a path for the realization of nirvana but also a way of living well here and now, this book will be of interest to researchers working on contemporary and modern Buddhism, Buddhism and society, Asian religion and Engaged Buddhism.

Table of Contents


Sallie B. King

Part I The Ancient Buddhist World

1. A Map of the Good Life: The Thirty-Eight Blessings of the Maṅgala Sutta

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

2. Compassion Blesses the Compassionate: The Basis of Human Flourishing in Buddhist Thought and Practice

Stephen Jenkins

Part II The Contemporary Buddhist World

3. Ambedkar’s Buddhist Vision: A Social Democratic Republic

Christopher Queen

4. The Good Life as Envisioned by A.T. Ariyaratne and the Sarvodaya Movement

George D. Bond

5. The Development of Wellbeing: Gross National Happiness and Bhutan’s Vision for the Ideal Society

Barbra Clayton

6. The Good Life: A Tibetan Understanding

Jay L. Garfield

7. Venerable Pomnyun’s Jungto Society: A Buddhist Activist Movement in South Korea

Sujung Kim

8. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Nonviolent Society

Sallie B. King

9. Tzu Chi: Buddhist Compassion Relief and the Bodhisattva Path to a Good Society

Richard Madsen

10. Japan’s Soka Gakkai: Transforming the Human Spirit to Save Humanity from Itself

Daniel A. Métraux

11. Gary Snyder’s Vision

Christopher Ives

12. Mutual Morality: Joanna Macy’s Vision of the Great Turning

Stephanie Kaza

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Sallie B. King is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University, USA and Affiliated Faculty at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, USA.