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