Buddhist Values in Development

Title

Buddhist Values in Development

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Document Type

Contribution to Book

Department

Philosophy

Book Title

Managing intermediate size cities: sustainable development in a growth region of Thailand

Editor(s)

Michael Romanos and Christopher Auffrey

Description

The attempt to study and evaluate development in Thailand within the framework of sustainable development raises the philosophical question of the extent to which Buddhism in Thailand might be amenable to the adoption of a sustainable development approach. I contend that a Buddhist approach to development affirms the core elements of sustainable development and so ought to be receptive to its implementation. In the course of my chapter, I briefly explain the basic ideas of Theravada Buddhism, the form of Buddhism in Thailand; isolate what I believe are the core objectives of sustainable development; clarify what prominent Thai monks and scholars believe are the limitations of traditional dimensions of sustainability and hence can learn much from each other. Proponents of sustainable development have focused primarily on the realm of policy making and formulation of specific indicators to measure scientifically the sustainability of policies and practices, whereas Buddhists in Thailand have focused far more on attaining moral and spiritual awareness and have neglected the importance of public policy making. Both dimensions are essential to truly free and sustainable societies.

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https://www.worldcat.org/title/managing-intermediate-size-cities-sustainable-development-in-a-growth-region-of-thailand/oclc/751543442&referer=brief_results

ISBN

978-94-017-2170-7

Publication Date

2002

Publisher

Kluwer Academic Publisher

City

Dordrecht, the Netherlands

First Page

23

Last Page

38

Disciplines

Buddhist Studies | Philosophy

Buddhist Values in Development

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