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date: 09 August 2020

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This chapter examines the ethics of contemporary Engaged Buddhism, also known as Socially Engaged Buddhism. The introductory section defines Engaged Buddhism and gives an overview of its history, the various forms of social engagement undertaken by Engaged Buddhists in different Asian countries, and its most important leaders. The chapter then analyses the ethical principles of Engaged Buddhism—first, those found throughout the Engaged Buddhist movement as a whole, then those that characterize what may heuristically be seen as three major kinds of Engaged Buddhism: nondualistic (exemplified by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama), prophetic (exemplified by B. R. Ambedkar), and humanistic (exemplified by Venerable Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi).

Keywords: B. R. Ambedkar, XIVth Dalai Lama, Engaged Buddhism, Humanistic Buddhism, nonviolence, Sarvodaya Shramadana, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tzu Chi

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