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Buddhist Responses to a World in Crisis: Bhikkhu Bodhi in Conversation with David Loy

Buddha-Talk Special Event on 15th of July 2021 with Bhante Bhikkhu Bodhi and David Loy, a discussion on Buddhist responses to a world in crisis.


The global community today faces major challenges. We witness increasing economic inequality, surges in ethnic and racial violence, climate change and other forms of environmental destruction, and a rise of authoritarian governments. These are issues with deep ethical implications, yet compared to Western theistic religions, the Buddhist response has, with some exceptions, been relatively muted. What are the reasons for this? Does Buddhism actually have resources in its inherited traditions to address these challenges, resources we are just not aware of? Or does Buddhism need to transform itself, to bring forth unrealized potentials within its own body of teachings, if it is to contribute active solutions to today’s crises? And if so, could there be any inherent dangers for the Buddhism that we practice?

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