For anyone who thought “socially engaged Buddhism” (a.k.a. liberation Buddhism, Buddhist socialism, et al.) was a marginal movement within the Buddhist world, Bruce Smithers’s Tricycle article “Occupy Buddhism” shows it reaches high up the (sort of) hierarchy of publicly known Buddhists… to the Dalai Lama.
It’s a selective analysis (the DL is much more pragmatic than this suggests). But worth reading, as are the comments.
Hat tip to Brian McKenna of the E-ANTH listserv.
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