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The Engaged Buddhist Reader is a collection of the most prominent voices of engaged BuddhismThe Engaged Buddhist Reader is a collection of the most prominent voices of engaged Buddhism


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    In this excellent 1996 compilation of 42 essays and poems one contributor writes Anyone who looks at this world and society and sees its tremendous suffering injustice and danger will agree on the necessity to do something to act in order to change in order to liberate people p 77 This sense of responsibility is the touchstone p 66 of Buddhist engagement Everything is interdependent and mutually conditioning Joanna Macy observes each thought word and act and all beings too in the web of lifeAlthough not a criticism of this book I have read many of these selections before Still they are worth reading again And again Kotler's collection is organized into six parts Being Peace Touching Peace Compassion in Action The Greening of the Self Community and For a Future to be Possible and includes the writings of H H the Dalai Lama Compassion love and forgiveness however are not luxuries They are fundamental for our survival p 4 Thich Nhat Hanh Jack Kornfield Robert Aitken Shunryu Suzuki Gary Snyder Peter Matthiesson and Stephen Batchelor among others Although all of the contributions here are memorable I connected with Kenneth Kraft's Engaged Buddhism pp 64 69 and Robert Thurman's Nagarjuna's Guidelines for Buddhist Social Action pp 79 90 in particular Joanna Macy's selections included here are so revelatory I now want to read all of her booksI encourage others to experience the collected insights found in this accessible book Although it is written from a Buddhist perspective it is not necessary to be Buddhist to appreciate the book's message We can only save ourselves when all humanity recognizes that every problem on earth is our own personal responsibility p 77 Highly recommendedG Merritt