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The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony
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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is the premier English language translator of the Pali Canon. An American Buddhist monk from New York City, he born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. He lives in Carmel, NY.

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"Through scholarship and wise discernment Bhikkhu Bodhi has choosen a set of discourses that uncover and make clear the Buddha's approach to social affairs. A timely and powerful resource for all varieties of peace work, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony provides a direct way to refer to the Buddha's teachings around developing civil society. This is a fantastic support and inspiration for all of us who value and wish to foster a more harmonious world."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

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