Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

60. What is Engaged Buddhism?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Tim Stephens [+-]
University of the Arts, London
Tim Stephens is an Education Developer, with a specialism in Curriculum, at University of the Arts London and a photographic artist. His research interests include embodiment, the relationship between cognitive and non-cognitive experience, equality, and organizational change.


The Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926) coined the term “engaged Buddhism” in the 1960s to stress the necessity of an active involvement with social suffering in the context of the Vietnam War. The notion of engaged Buddhism focused the awareness and compassion of Buddhist practice on the conflict, organized monastic and lay Buddhists in networks of peace activism and welfare aid, and proposed concrete ways for ending the war.

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Stephens, Tim. 60. What is Engaged Buddhism?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 302-306 Oct 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40801. Date accessed: 30 Sep 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40801. Oct 2021

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