The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Foreword by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?



240 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614293552

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“Through scholarship and wise discernment, Bhikkhu Bodhi has chosen a set of discourses that uncover and make clear the Buddha’s approach to social affairs. A timely and powerful resource for all varieties of peace work, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony provides a direct way to refer to the Buddha’s teachings around developing civil society. This is a fantastic support and inspiration for all of us who value and wish to foster a more harmonious world.”Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness


“This book is essential reading for the socially engaged individual, Buddhist or otherwise.”—Buddhadharma

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:08 -- Kestrel Slocombe

In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddha’s teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pāli Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha’s discourses, are organized into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddha’s approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavor. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world.

Includes a prologue and epilogue by Hozan Alan Senauke.

Watch Bhikkhu Bodhi describe a day in the life of the Buddha