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Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: an anthology of discourses from the pali canon
In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be proactive—not reactive—makers of change? The words of the Buddha have inspired readers for thousands of years, and can still today teach us how to skillfully handle the ineveitable conflicts we face.
Collected here for the first time are the Buddha's teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem solving, and building harmonious relationships. Each selection is drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony covers the breadth of cultivating harmony, including chapters on
Dealing with Anger
Establishing an Equitable Society
A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.
The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha’s approach to creating and sustaining social and communal peace. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha’s teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable. Translated by the acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, this text belongs on the bookshelf of anyone looking to bring peace to the world.