Synopses & Reviews
In this monumental work, Jones makes a compelling and humane case that the well-being of the individual and the well-being of society simply cannot be separated. The New Social Face of Buddhism is timely, vital reading for activists, scholars and everyone seeking to transform their spiritual practice into a force for social, political, and global change. This book is an expanded and thoroughly updated edition of one of the groundbreaking books on socially engaged spirituality.
Very important reading for all those looking to bridge their spiritual practice to social action.
British activist and a Zen practitioner for over 30 years, Jones argues that the distinction between personal Buddhist practice and social activism to benefit the world is illusory. Though he writes for non-Buddhists as well, he particularly addresses Buddhists. He has completely revised the 1989 ed
Includes bibliographical references (p. -255) and index.
For Jones the establishment of a definitive relationship between individual and society is central to the development of both engaged Buddhism and sociology. Here he tells readers how to bridge their spiritual practice to social action.
Jones presents an astute, well-informed, and balanced analysis of the philosophy, history, and future of socially relevant Buddhism. At a time when clear social action is needed more than ever, The New Social Face of Buddhism is vital reading for activists, scholars and everyone seeking to transform their spiritual practice into a force for social, political, and global change. A groundbreaking work, Jones's book is a wellspring of inspiration that should not be missed.
About the Author
Ken Jones is a Zen and Ch'an practitioner and teacher of thirty years' standing. His career has been mainly in higher education, with most of his spare time spent as a peace, ecology and social justice activist, as well as a period on the Samaritans' telephone helpline. He is a founder of the UK Network of Engaged Buddhists, and now its president, and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Jones has facilitated numerous workshops and retreats on different aspects of Buddhism, but focusing particularly on "Everyday Buddhism". He has published widely, his best known book being The New Social Face of Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 2003). A widely published haiku poet, he has been awarded the Sasakawa prize for his contribution in that field. He now homesteads in his native Wales, with his Irish wife Noragh.
Table of Contents
Foundations -- Making a life -- Mahayana -- The karmic dynamo -- Social understanding -- Tissues of the self -- Indian Buddhist social theory and engagement -- Institutionalized delusion -- Buddhism and modernity -- The inner work -- The face of contemporary spirituality -- Beyond meditation -- Social awareness -- Buddhist morality -- Action -- Peacework and social justice -- A world in flames -- Socially engaged Buddhism -- Engaged Buddhism in Asia -- Engaged Buddhism in the West -- The grounding of socially engaged Buddhism -- Root problems of Buddhist social activism -- Building a radical culture of awakening.