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The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

Category: Book
By (author): Bodhi
Series: Teachings Of The Buddha
Subject:  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Sacred Writings
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Theravada
  RELIGION / Ethics
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: November 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be proactive-not reactive-makers of change? The words of the Buddha have inspired readers for thousands of years, and can still today teach us how to skillfully handle the inevitable conflicts we face.

Collected here for the first time are the Buddha's teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem solving, and building harmonious relationships. Each selection is drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony covers the breadth of cultivating harmony, including chapters on
·     Dealing with Anger
·     Good Friendship
·     Settling Disputes
·     Establishing an Equitable Society
·     and more.

A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's approach to creating and sustaining social and communal peace. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensableTranslated by the acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, this text belongs on the bookshelf of anyone looking to bring peace to the world.
Review Quote*"Through scholarship and wise discernment Bhikkhu Bodhi has choosen a set of discourses that uncover and make clear the Buddha's approach to social affairs. A timely and powerful resource for all varieties of peace work, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony provides a direct way to refer  to the Buddha's teachings around developing civil society. This is a fantastic support and inspiration for all of us who value and wish to foster a more harmonious world."
Biographical NoteVen. Bhikkhu Bodhi is the premier English language translator of the Pali Canon. An American Buddhist monk from New York City, he born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. He lives in Carmel, NY.