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  Buddhism in the Public Sphere Reorienting Global Interdependence
By: Peter Hershock




 
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Author: Peter Hershock
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0415770521
Publication Date: 2006

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The core teachings and practices of Buddhism are systematically directed toward developing keen and caring insight into the relational or interdependent nature of all things. This book applies Buddhist thought to reflect on the challenges to public good created by emerging social, economic, and political realities associated with increasingly complex global interdependence. In eight chapters, the key arenas for public policy are addressed: the environment, health, media, trade and development, the interplay of politics and religion, international relations, terror and security, and education. Each chapter explains how a specific issue area has come to be shaped by complex interdependence and offers specific insights into directing the growing interdependence toward greater equity, sustainability, and freedom. Thereby, a sustained meditation on the meaning and means of realizing public good is put forward, which results in a solid, Buddhist conception of diversity. The author argues that concepts of Karma and emptiness are relevant across the full spectrum of policy domains and that Buddhist concepts become increasingly forceful as concerns shift from the local to the global.

Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence, Peter Hershock, Hardcover, Routledge Curzon, 2006, 229 Pages, $120.00

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