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Preview: BPF Interviews the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (VIDEO)

(Full-length video coming soon.)

We were honored to receive a recent visit from the Secretariat of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Mr. Somboon Chungprempree.  INEB is a powerhouse umbrella group based in Asia, helping to organize socially engaged Buddhists around human rights, alternative education, women and gender struggles, Buddhist youth empowerment, inter-faith dialogue, environmental protection, and more.  The breadth and depth of their work is truly remarkable!

Anchalee Kurutach of Buddhist Peace Fellowship spoke with Mr. Chungprempree about what socially engaged Buddhism looks like in Asia, and some of his responses were quite surprising and illuminating.

If you’d like to learn more about INEB, or even attend their 2013 conference in Malaysia, check out their web site.


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Comments (1)

  • Bob

    This looks awesome! I want to release the false dichotomy of “Medtiation verses Activism”. Working to deliberately encourage social change is no less an expression of consciousness than meditating. I am critical of the tendency to create a hierarchy where formal spiritual practice (meditation for example) is taken to be superior to the practice of social change. This appears to me as a particular problem for contemporary western Buddhist converts.The global reality of extreme suffering due to inequality is caused by social, economic and political processes which largely originate in the developed world. Taking ethical responsibility for the consequences of our own actions seems to me the great spiritual task at hand.

    The self that we awaken to with Buddhas insight is one that includes immense privilege derived from inequality, backed up by armies. For us, Liberation must have a strong element of social justice. Also I think this can be a hard message for Buddhist converts because it means acknowledging the legacy of social struggles which have contributed so much to the modern western sense of self. Buddhism cannot save us, we have to look at who we are.

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