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BUDDHISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By Dr Ananda Guruge

Let me begin by expressing my grateful thanks to Venerable Lama Lobzang and the Asoka mission for the steps take to establish the International Buddhist Confederation. An organization as envisaged with a wide range of objectives is a vitally necessity as we advance into the twenty-first century.    

 

AN ‘ENGAGED BUDDHISM’? TOWARDS A BUDDHIST SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY

By Laksiri Jayasuriya

The spirited revival of interest in Buddhism in the West1 is due to a variety of reasons, and foremost among these are the contradictions arising from the juxtaposition of present day scientific achievements such as the genome project or the new science of cosmology), and the conventional religious systems, fractured with cults, sects, and fundamentalism; and, the profound disenchantment with the new cultural ethos of unfettered greed and selfishness pronounced in the post-industrial globalised world. The new social ethic of these societies represents an attitude of mind born out of perverse forms of selfishness, ruthless competition and an excessive and unmitigated ideology of individualism. These are clearly defining features of many old and new societies driven by the twin forces of a Wellsian godless scientific ethos (Wells 1921) and a market dominated neo-liberal social and economic ideology.

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May they attain Nibbana