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Buddhism and Human Rights : Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism - Wayne R. Husted

Buddhism and Human Rights

Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism

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Published: 21st November 1997
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It is difficult to think of a more urgent question for Buddhism in the late twentieth century than human rights. The political, ethical and philosophical questions surrounding human rights are debated vigorously in political and intellectual circles throughout the world. Yet despite its contemporary significance, the subject has merited little attention in mainstream academic research and publication in the field of Buddhist studies. If Buddhism wishes to address the issues which are of concern to today's global community, it must begin to ask itself new questions alongside the old ones. The papers in this collection were presented at the first online conference sponsored by the Journal of Buddhist Ethics from 1-13 October 1995. In the context of Human Rights, which was the theme of this conference, an important preliminary question would seem to be whether traditional Buddhism has any understanding of what is meant by 'human rights' at all. Even if it is felt that this objection is overstated, and that the issue of human rights does not have a legitimate place on the Buddhist agenda, there would still remain the separate and no less difficult question of how human rights were to be grounded in Buddhist doctrine, particularly in the light of the fact that the tradition itself provides little precedent or guidance in this area. Questions of the above kind are discussed from a variety of perspectives in the papers in this volume.

Introduction
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Human Rights and Universal Responsibility: His Holiness: the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet
A Buddhist Response To: The Nature of Human Rightsp. 1
Are There Human Rights in Buddhism?p. 15
Why There Are No Rights in Buddhism: A Reply to Damien Keownp. 43
Why the Buddha Has No Rightsp. 53
Buddhism and Human Rights in the Thoughts of Sulak Sivaraksa and Phra Dhammapidok (prayudh Prayutto)p. 97
Human Rights and Compassion: Towards a Unified Moral Frameworkp. 111
Buddhist Resignation And: Human Rights (freedom is What I Am)p. 141
Socially Engaged Buddhism's Contribution to the Transformation of Catholic Social Teachings on Human Rightsp. 155
Human Rights and Cultural Values: The Political Philosophies of the Dalai Lama and the People's Republic of Chinap. 175
Buddhist Ethics and Business Strategy Makingp. 203
Epiloguep. 221
A Bibliography on Buddhism and Human Rightsp. 223
Contributorsp. 237
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ISBN: 9780700709540
ISBN-10: 0700709541
Series: Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 21st November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.1  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1