In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddhaâ€™s teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of the Buddhaâ€™s discourses, are organized into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.
In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddhaâ€™s approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavor.Â The Buddhaâ€™s Teachings on Social and Communal HarmonyÂ will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world.