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Buddhist Peacework


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David W. Chappell was a scholar of Chinese Buddhism and graduate chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaii. He inititiated a series of Buddhist-Christian conferences in 1980 and was founding editor of the academic journal Buddhist-Christian Studies from 1980-95. He became the founding director of the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Hawaii in 1987. In 1988, Professor Chappell was a cofounder of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and served as its President from 1993-95. He died in 2004.

Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher and an anthropologist. Her books include Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America and Being with Dying. She is the founder of the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe NM, where she now practices, teaches, and works. She is a Founding Teacher in the Zen Peacemaker Order of Roshi Bernie Glassman and the late Sensei Jishu Holmes and is a Soto priest and teacher.


A collection of essays that is bound to create hope and give inspiration... filled with the inspiring work of many dedicated people all over the world, many of them wonderful writers... Buddhist Peacework provides ample examples and fresh ideas for those who want to work toward a culture of peace.-- "Turning Wheel"
The assortment of essays in Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace, edited by David W. Chappell, greatly enriches the discourse surrounding Buddhist peace potential and activities. Created as a response to the United Nations' Declaration of the year 2000 as the International Year for the Culture of Peace and UNESCO's Declaration of the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, the collection contains writings by both monastic and lay Buddhists, including Shih Cheng-yen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Stephanie Kaza, and the Dalai Lama. Chappell concedes that 'this volume does not offer theories of peace, but is a report on work in progress.' This is an important distinction, because although Buddhism is commonly revered as a means for achieving inner peace, its capacity to promote and actively bring about external social change is often overlooked. As Joan Halifax notes in the foreword, 'Making about the most basic realization that enlightenment is not an individual experience, rather it is the liberation of intimacy in our relatedness with all beings.' These writings teach us to view humanity through a lens of intense compassion, recognizing the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things. They present Buddhists' guiding principles and present responses to socioeconomic, gender, cultural, environmental, and political injustice and oppression. The contributors' offerings of new visions and methods allow us to both evaluate and strengthen our own understandings of nonviolence and the clearest ways to peace.-- "FOR: The Fellowship of Reconciliation"

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