Inner Peace, World Peace

Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence

Edited by Kenneth Kraft

Subjects: Peace
Series: SUNY series in Buddhist Studies
Paperback : 9780791409701, 156 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791409695, 156 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents

Kenneth Kraft

1. Prospects of a Socially Engaged Buddhism
by Kenneth Kraft

2. Nonviolence and the Self in Early Buddhism
by Luis O. Gómez

3. Nonviolence to Animals in Buddhism and Jainism
by Christopher Chapple

4. Exemplars of Nonviolence in Theravada Buddhism
by Donald K. Swearer

5. Tibet and the Monastic Army of Peace
by Robert A. F. Thurman

6. The Impact of Christianity on Buddhist Nonviolence in the West
by Cynthia Eller

7. Nonviolent Struggle: An Effective Alternative
by Gene Sharp

8. Buddhism and Contemporary International Trends
by Sulak Sivaraksa




What can one person do to foster world peace? How does one person's state of mind affect the state of the world? How can the ideal of nonviolence be manifested in daily life? Buddhists have been exploring questions like these for twenty-five centuries, and they are still timely today.

Inner Peace, World Peace is the first work in any western language to examine the Buddhist approach to nonviolence. Well-known Buddhist scholars, a noted authority on nonviolent struggle, a prominent Thai Buddhist activist, and other leaders in their fields collaborate to show the contemporary relevance of the Buddhist tradition. The authors also discuss a new international movement known as "socially engaged Buddhism. "

Kenneth Kraft is Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University. He is the author of Eloquent Zen: Daito and Early Japanese Zen and the editor of Zen: Tradition and Transition.


"The authors have taken risks. It is good to see mature and well-known Buddhist scholars taking personal positions on these matters instead of hiding behind their scholarship. " — Graeme MacQueen, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University