Buddhist Values and Actions Towards Peacd and Environment Protection. A Sociological Perspective

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José A. Rodríguez Díaz


Peace and Environmental Protection are two key issues and central avenues of
Buddhist global social and political action contributing to a better future world.
This paper looks into the social values and actions of Buddhist people of some Asian
countries regarding war-peace and environmental protection issues. I try to place the analysis
within the Buddhist cosmovision (meanings and practices) regarding the self (or no-self)
and especially regarding the other beings (interconnection, dependent origination). Buddhist
orientations and practices such as Loving Kindness of the Four Immeasurable are also part
of such cosmovision. I use loving-kindness (love and orientation towards others) as a larger
cultural and social identity frame acting as an umbrella under which views and practices towards
peace and environment emerge.


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Díaz, J. A. R. (2018). Buddhist Values and Actions Towards Peacd and Environment Protection. A Sociological Perspective. The Journal of International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), 11(3), 486–505. Retrieved from https://so06.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/Jiabu/article/view/219855
Author Biography

José A. Rodríguez Díaz, Professor of Sociology University of Barcelona, Spain

José A. Rodríguez Díaz, Dr., PhD
Professor of Sociology Faculty of Economics and Business University of Barcelona, SPAIN

Professor Rodrìguez Dìaz received a Doctorate in Economics in Spain and later completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at Yale University (USA) with Fulbright and Social Science Research Council fellowships. He is a Full Professor and has been Chairman in Sociology and Director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Barcelona where he currently does research and teaches. He has been Visiting Professor at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University, at Yale University and at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has done extensive research and written numerous papers and books on the Sociology of Health and Health Care, Professions, and Organizations. In the process, he has collaborated with the World Health Organization, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Commission through the program COST, and national Spanish institutions.

His present research and publications focus is on the role of Social Networks in organizations and societies, Future studies, and the social dimensions of Happiness. These lines of research converge in the study of the processes of transformation of Buddhism in modern society.


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