Engaged Buddhism

Inspiring Positive Social Change 2017 > Community Peacebuilding > Conscious & Sacred Activism
Broadcast on July 12, 2017
With Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa

Join the co-founder and director of the Thai NGO, Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation, Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa, as he highlights "engaged buddhism." It's a term that refers to Buddhists who are applying the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice.

During this powerful session, you''ll discover:

  • Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa's personal experience with engaged Buddhism
  • Aspects of the ongoing work of those involved in this movement

Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa


Sulak Sivaraksa is the founder and director of the Thai NGO “Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation”, named after two authorities on Thai culture, Sathirakoses (Phya Anuman Rajadhon) and Nagapradeepa (Phra Saraprasoet). He initiated a number of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations in Thailand, such as the College SEM (Spirit in Education Movement).

Sulak Sivaraksa is known in the West as one of the fathers of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), which was established in 1989 with leading Buddhists, including the 14th Dalai Lama, the Vietnamese monk and peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh and the Theravada Bhikkhu Maha Ghosananda, as its patrons.

When Sulak Sivaraksa was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1995, he became known to a wider public in Europe and the USA. Sulak was chair of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development and has been a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, the University of Hawaii and Cornell.