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Teaching BuddhismNew Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions$
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Todd Lewis and Gary deAngelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373093.001.0001

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“We Can Do No Less”

“We Can Do No Less”

Buddhism and Social Justice

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Teaching Buddhism

Anna Brown

Oxford University Press

Scholar-activist Anna Brown draws upon her own experience as a Zen practitioner advocating engaged Buddhism. She discusses the empowering richness of the tradition in critiquing the causes of suffering in the modern world; and the chapter very evocatively conveys how recent Buddhist teachers such as the monk Ghosananda, and non-Buddhists such as the Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan share fundamental perspectives, and provide deep and lasting inspiration to those seeking to sustain a commitment to social justice. In this chapter, the author discusses the practices, experiences, and stories that focus primarily on the affirmation Buddhist-centered activism, and how it can support “staying put,” and building community. Also building on her deep engagement with Christian leaders committed to social justice, the author concludes with a brief discussion of the practice of gratitude.

Keywords:   justice, engaged Buddhism, Zen, Ghosananda, Daniel Berrigan, Christian, social justice, Buddhist-centered activism, suffering, community building

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