© 2013

Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society

  • Editors
  • Hiroko Kawanami
  • Geoffrey Samuel

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

About this book


Natural disasters in Asian countries have brought global attention to the work of local Buddhist communities and groups. Here, the contributors examine local Buddhist communities and international Buddhist organizations engaged in a variety of relief work in countries including India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan.


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About the authors

Elizabeth J Harris, Liverpool Hope University, UK Monica Lindberg Falk, Lund University, Sweden Carine Jaquet, Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia, France Matthew Walton, Oxford University, UK Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya, University of Delhi, India Jung-Chang Wang, Aletheia University, Taiwan Sik Faren, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Kory Goldberg, Champlain College in St-Lambert, Canada

Bibliographic information


"Before this book was published, little was known about the role of Buddhism in international aid work and disaster relief. Now for the first time, the eight case-studies in this volume document Buddhist-led aid and emergency-relief initiatives in a variety of northern and southern Asian countries. Some describe indigenous responses to regional disasters, while others are concerned with the delivery of assistance by international donors and aid foundations. Collectively they provide evidence of how Buddhist monks and laity are increasingly adopting new and unfamiliar roles as they engage with human problems in today's globalized world. I recommend this timely and relevant volume to anyone interested in engaged Buddhism or the practical application of Buddhist teachings." - Damien Keown, Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK