Special Issue 2022: Buddhism in a Divided World
Our world, our communities, and our very survival as a species are being challenged by imminent crises on multiple fronts: environmental collapse, societal and economic inequality, the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism, warfare and conflict, and the ongoing pandemic, to name a few.
BDG’s special issue for 2022: Buddhism in a Divided World is published in collaboration with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and Jungto Society, who will hold their biennial international conference with the same theme in October this year. Buddhism in a Divided World seeks to examine these issues and the ways in which Buddhists can respond, both internally as a part of their personal practice and externally as socially engaged Buddhists, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
The unequivocal need for a profound transformation of our temporal and spiritual lives—the ways in which we live; how we perceive and interact with the world around us—has never been more urgent. We hope that you will join us in sharing and exploring the solutions and changes that are needed to manifest a more compassionate, caring, and sustainable global civilization that recognizes and respects the innate and fundamental interconnectedness of all life.
This page will be updated regularly throughout 2022.
Explore our special issue
Taking refuge in impermanence in an unstable world
Are the Sustainable Development Goals Today’s “Opium of the Masses?” An Interview with Prof. Kohei Saito
The philosophy of Buddhist economics and the path to a sustainable civilization
The Korean Seon master Ven. Pomnyun Sunim shares his perspective on engaged Buddhist in the recent 20th Biennial Conference of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists
Harsha Navaratne, chair of the executive committee of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, presents a vision for compassionate social change
The International Network of Engaged Buddhists and Jungto Society hold a prayer for a compassionate and united world for all beings at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
An examination of the need for solidarity and compassion on the path to fundamental change
Looking at how Buddhism has treated nationalism, from ancient empires to modern countries and contemporary movements
A conversation on the Buddhist view on biodiversity, respect for wildlife, and ecological conservation
Energy as a Way of Life: Japanese Buddhist Priests Reflect on the Ukraine and Sri Lanka Crises While Calling for Local Energy Self-Sufficiency
A dialogue on renewable energy and sustainable living from the perspective of engaged Buddhism
In a world fraught with division, the immigration crisis allows us to recognize our connections and practice our deepest values
Facing the formidable demons of our time.