From Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sulak Sivaraksa comes this look at Buddhism's innate ability to help change life on the global scale. Conflict, Culture, Change explores the cultural and environmental impacts of consumerism, nonviolence, and compassion, giving special attention to the integration of mindfulness and social activism, the use of Buddhist ethics to confront structural violence, and globalization's threat to traditional identity.
"Conflict, Culture, Change is a collection of essays, which give one a good idea of the author's breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, as well as his wonderful ability to apply the ancient teachings of the Buddha to the practical problems of our modern society. Not surprisingly, the book begins with a consideration of the role of nonviolence in a world riddled with conflict of one kind or another. Next he addresses the enduring issue of racial and cultural reconciliation, arguing that reconciliation is not merely about forgiveness and compensation. Sulak Sivaraksa also has many sound insights into the virtues of simplicity, humility, and compassion without which our world cannot survive. One essay focuses on the connection between Buddhism and Environmentalism, for which the author himself has been a vigorous spokesman. This small volume has a punch all its own: It speaks with integrity."
– Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive
"Sulak Sivaraksa has set an admirable example of the relevance of Buddhism in the contemporary world."
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Known as one of Asia's leading social thinkers, Sulak Sivaraksa sees the goals of Buddhist development as equality, love, freedom, and liberation."
– Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
"Sulak Sivaraksa is a bodhisattva who devotes all of his energies to helping others."
– Thich Nhat Hanh, author of The Miracle of Mindfulness
"An irrepressible campaigner for a sane and just society, Sulak unites the strengths of a traditional Dharmic sensibility with the critical rigor of a Western-educated intellectual. His life offers an heroic example of engaged Buddhism in practice."
– Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs
"Like Gandhi, Sulak offers great inspiration to a civilization that has lost its way."
– Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
"Sulak is one of the heroes of our time, offering us deep wisdom and refreshingly sane alternatives to the Earth-destroying religions of consumerism, greed, and exploitation."
– Joanna Macy, author of World As Lover, World As Self