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HUMAN ARCHITECTURE
Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge


Volume VI • Issue 3 • Summer 2008

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Thich Nhat Hanh's Sociological Imagination:
Essays and Commentaries on Engaged Buddhism

Plus Proceedings from the Panels on "Buddhist Contributions to Social Justice" at the Fifth International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak held in Hanoi, Vietnam—May 2008

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

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This Summer 2008 (VI, 3) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is dedicated to an exploration of Thich Nhat Hanh's Engaged Buddhist philosophy and spiritual theory and practice from a sociological and social scientific vantage point, to highlight the significance his teaching bears for the development of a self-reflective, globally humanist, and environmentally concerned, sociological imagination. Included are several talks, letters, and a poem, by Thich Nhat Hanh on the meaning and practice of Engaged Buddhism—in regard to issues ranging from war and conflict, the environment, food industry and consumption, and history of Engaged Buddhism. Other articles put his views in social science and sociological contexts, specifically exploring the overlapping landscapes of Engaged Buddhism with Pragmatism, Deep Ecology, sociological imagination, and ideological analysis. Other contributions are illustrative of the ways in which Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings have engaged contexts such as: international conflict; the classroom; urban policing; traumatized populations; economic theory; environmental crisis; and family loss and trauma. A critical commentary by a participant’s experience of attending one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s retreats in 2005 is also included, followed by a response from a representative of the Plum Village community in France. Contributors include: Thich Nhat Hanh, Winston Langley, Michael C. Adorjan, Benjamin W. Kelly, Julie Gregory, Samah Sabra, Darren Noy, Sujin Choi, Marc Black, Samiyeh Sharqawi, Richard Brady, Michael J. DeValve, Cary D. Adkinson, Robert Brian Wall, Glenn Manga, Angela Tam, Karen Hilsberg, Lisa Kemmerer, Bhikshuni Chan Tung Nghiem (Barbara Newell), Robert Andrew Parker, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal's Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR's homepage.


Contents
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Thich Nhat Hanh's Sociological Imagination:
Essays and Commentaries on Engaged Buddhism

Plus Proceedings from the Panels on "Buddhist Contributions to Social Justice" at the Fifth International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak held in Hanoi, Vietnam—May 2008

vii—Editor’s Note: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Sociological Imagination
         Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1— Opening Keynote: Asia’s Thich Nhat Hanh
         Winston Langley, University of Massachusetts Boston


FROM THICH NHAT HANH

3— “Please Call Me By My True Names”
         Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, France

7—Spiritual Reflections on War and Peace: A Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh—Peace Forum, March 19, 2003
Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, France

15—The Environment is You: A Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh—Denver, Colorado, August 29, 2007
Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, France

21—The Flesh of Our Children: Two Letters and Five Contemplations on Food from Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, France

29—History of Engaged Buddhism: A Dharma Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh—Hanoi, Vietnam, May 6-7, 2008
Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, France


ENGAGED BUDDHISM IN SOCIOLOGICAL CONTEXT

37—Pragmatism and ‘Engaged’ Buddhism: Working Toward Peace and a Philosophy of Action
Michael C. Adorjan & Benjamin W. Kelly, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

51—Engaged Buddhism and Deep Ecology: Beyond the Science/Religion Divide
Julie Gregory & Samah Sabra, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario & Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

67—The Sociological Contexts of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Teachings
Darren Noy, University of California at Berkeley

73Ideology and Manas
Sujin Choi & Marc Black, University of Massachusetts Boston


SYMPOSIUM:
PROCEEDINGS FROM THE PANELS ON "BUDDHIST CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE" AT THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE UNITED NATIONS
DAY OF VESAK HELD IN HANOI, VIETNAM—MAY 2008

81Crying From Happiness: Liberating Occupied Minds with Mindfulness
         Samiyeh Sharqawi, Palestinian Social Worker, Musmus, Israel

87Realizing True Education with Mindfulness
Richard Brady, www.mindingyourlife.net

99—Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Police in America: An Essay of Hope
Michael J. DeValve & Cary D. Adkinson, Fayetteville State University

105—Healing from War and Trauma: Southeast Asians in the U.S. —A Buddhist Perspective and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
Robert Brian Wall, Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn, MA

113—Interbeing Autonomy and Economy: Toward Enduring Social and Ecological Justice
Glenn Manga, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

129—Saving Indra’s Net: Buddhist Tools for Tackling Climate Change and Social Inequity
Angela Tam, Environmentalist and Author, Hong Kong

133—Family as Sangha
Karen Hilsberg, Vesak 2008 Conference Presenter


COMMENTARY AND RESPONSE

135—Engaged Buddhism In Retreat
Lisa Kemmerer, Montana State University

145—Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World: The Real Heart of Engaged Buddhism—A Response to Lisa Kemmerer
Bhikshuni Chan Tung Nghiem (Barbara Newell), Loving Kindness Temple, Plum Village, France

[Editor's note: For a follow-up to the above dialogue between
Lisa Kemmerer and Bhikshuni Chan Tung Nghiem (Barbara Newell),
please click as follows to see the further commentary
by Lisa Kemmerer in Vol. VII, Issue 3 (Summer 2009) of the present journal.]

149—About the Cover Illustration Artist: Robert Andrew Parker

151—About Mindfulness Bell