Buddhist COmpassion Relief Association; founded by Bhiksuni Cheng-yen in Taiwan; its five million members are dedicated to medical care, social welfare, and disaster relief around the world as an opportunity for spiritual growth
"value creating society"; a lay movement that arose post war Japan as a branch of Nichiren shoshu. Popular among the working class, the movement has spread internationally, advocating peace and chanting of na myo ho ren gek kyo
Buddhist social liberation movement; recognizing the interrelatedness of all life; Engaged Busshists attempt to actively implement Buddhist ethical and social teachings to alleviate oppresion and suffering
Friends of Western Buddhist Order- A school of western buddhism founded in UK in 1967; a GLBTQ friendly group that lives in same sex communities and supports Dalit Buddhists(former untouchables) in India
True Pureland Sect of Japanese Buddhism founded by Shinran; a school of practice that focuses on Amitabha Buddha and recites nembutsu; with the aim of achieving rebirth in Sukkhavati Pure Land
"Sharing of Energy for awakening of all"- a grassroots rural development movement in Sri Lanka founded in 1958, based on Buddhist values and dedicated to benefit os fuman society
Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese laywoman who founded many peace, democracy, and human rights organizations. In 1990 she was elected head of the government, but she has been under house arrest and was prevented from taking office by repressive military regime
Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese poet, writer, monk, peace and social activist who advocates Engaged Buddhism; founder of order of interbeing and deer park monestary in Escondido.
"wheel of law" a modern Chinese religion with Buddhist and Daoist elements that uses meditation and physical exercises to promote enlightenment; persecuted by the Chinese government since 1999
a former "untouchable" who converted to Buddhism in 1956 and began a movement among the Dalits (oppressed) in India based on his reinterpretation of the Dharma as socially liberating
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