Dhammic Socialism Author:Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Donald K. Swearer (Translator, Editor) The Venerable Bhikkhu Buddhadasa's attainment of 80 years of age in 1986 is a cause for Buddhist celebration, for he is a rare phenomenon in the history of Buddhism. With time, understanding and interpretation of religions can go much astray from their original essence. It needs the very wise ones to reinterpret them for contemporaries. Acharn B... more »uddhadasa belongs to this group of very rare individuals with extraordinary intelligence. His voluminous teachings and styles have profound effects on the vision of a great number of people.
The Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development is pleased to be able to publish this book as a humble homage to the great sage. The people of the world seem to be left with only two political choices, capitalism or socialism. These are too narrow and do not offer solution to the present day world crisis. Actually, the crisis is precipitated by the two opposing choices.
Acharn Buddhadasa suggests Dhammic Socialism is a better alternative. The Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development hopes that this book will stimulate the English readership to pay more attention to to the more voluminous works of this great sage. Only when we together are wiser can peace and development prevail.
The Commission thanks Donald K. Swearer, Christian and Buddhadasa scholar, who has performed splendidly in bringing this book out. The theme he has chosen is very timely.« less