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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 2nd prt. edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861711599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711598
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Buddhism ever needed to prove itself in the field of social activism, the men and women featured in Engaged Buddhism in the West have gone beyond a shadow of a doubt. In sober, unadorned accounts, read about the dramatic life of Thich Nhat Hanh and the development of his worldwide Order of Interbeing, now numbering about 300 communities; learn about the acclaimed former mathematician turned Zen priest Bernie Glassman and his Peacemaker Order that works with the destitute and downtrodden; enter Naropa Institute, America's first accredited Buddhist-inspired college and its special program in Engaged Buddhism. Prison meditation groups, the Free Tibet Movement, walking for peace--the expressions of Buddhist activism turn out to be as varied and vibrant as the communities that spawn them. That goes for the communities of Europe, Africa, and Australia, in addition to those made up of women and gays, each of which is addressed here in a separate chapter. A collection of essays, many by academics, the tone of Engaged Buddhism in the West, can tend to the stale and analytic, with "three categories of this" and "four reasons for that." But the revelations outnumber the stumbling blocks and are sure to open many eyes. --Brian Bruya


"...an excellent starting point for taking another good look at what is happening to Buddhism transplanted on america-european soil...." -- The Wheel of Dharma

"Broad in scope, [this book] details the work of organizations and projects throughout the world, working areas such as health, education, commerce, prison reform, the environment, peace and gender equality... -- Shambhala Sun, March 2000

"If Buddhism ever needed to prove itself in the field of social activism, the men and women featured in Engaged Buddhism in the West have gone beyond a shadow of a doubt. -- Brian Bruya, Amazon.com

Engaged Buddhism in the West is a seminal, benchmark work... and a highly recommended contribution to the growing library of Buddhist literature for the Western reader. -- The Midwest Book Review, January 2000

Queen and his coauthors present socially engaged Buddhism in its full diversity, complexity and vibrancy... -- Inquiring Mind

Scholarly and authoritative, it is yet engaging and illuminating, the effect, as Queen says, of 'sitting around a seminar table, listening to a lively conversation.' -- NAPRA ReVIEW, March/April 2000

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Francois Jullien on May 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book definitely provides A LOT of information about wonderful people, projects and ideas curently going on in engaged bouddhist movement. It helped me to fill part of a promising worldwide movement, exciting in many ways : this is one of the active scene of the transformative assimilation of the East by the West. Many references to other books allow to deepen the prefered subjects. This book will detroy the widespread idea that bouddhists spend there time looking at their belly button looking for some unhealthy nothingness. And also if you are buddhist, it really make you think your relationship to the world by facing the good questions : does buddhist engagement mean something ? is engagement in itself a practice or even a yana ? This book really reveals that through its very new contact with the west, buddhism is today already living a transformation, that will perheaps be as deep as the hynayana/mayana transition.
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