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February 17, 2007


Ulrike Mueller-Glodde

Excellent idea!

Ken Holmes

I welcome this initiative, which appeared on my 60th birthday by some happy coincidence.
Are we talking here about any sort of conflict being helped by Buddhist ways, or more concentrating on conflicts between Buddhists?
Some of the great Buddhist advice (e.g. Santideva's) assumes one believes in karma, for instance, and approaches problems from a very different space than do most folks.


Thankyou for your contribution. We were thinking more of conflict between non buddhists as this seems more common in the world however we do not seek to preclude conflicts between buddhists. Happy birthday.


I am working on something called Peace Rhetoric. Peace Rhetoric is any speech, conversation, dialogue, or action that leads to conflict resolution. Peace Rhetoric has the effect of producing long term positive, productive, and socially redeeming actions that lead to the benefit of human development. Some peace rhetoricians of the past: Jesus of Nazareth, Buda, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After I study Peace Rhetoric I am hoping to apply successful theory to current problems such as the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

I was wondering if you could tell me of anything Buddha said that seems to fit my definition of Peace Rhetoric and really stands out in your mind.


Thank you for your comment. Sounds as though you're working on something really interesting.

The Buddha does talk about the eight fold path which includes things like right speech, right action, right livelihood etc. all of which if followed produce the conditions which are likely to benefit humanity.

If you find anything interesting we would be pleased to see it on the blog.

Good Luck!

Buddha Tsering Moktan

This is indeed an excellent initiative. In fact the core of all the teachings of tathagata Buddha is to be in peace. He has said, "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

Having been inspired by above teaching of tathagata, I have formed an organization namely the Dharmadhatu Foundation which aim to work for peace in person and the society through personal and social change as coined by Ken Jones, the founder of the Engaged Buddhism.

Another quote on peace is "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." A. J. Muste


I'm thinking some of the people in the list on peace rhtoric listed about were in the middle of great strife trying to do what is morally correct in a difficult situation. As an engaged Buddhist, when are we supposed to opose others (with love)?
What do you do when others take positions we really disagree with? As a student of engaged Buddhism, I often feel uncomfortable, but I think there are positions in the world that need to be denounced.

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