Nonviolent Buddhist Peace Work : Textual Support for Nonviolent Peace Work in Early Buddhism

Weston Elliot Strickler


In this paper I will explore if there is evidence for the support of nonviolent peace work in the early Buddhist tradition.  First, I will describe the social science’s definitions for the three modalities of peace work, then I will highlight current peace organizations and prominent peace workers in the modern Buddhist tradition.  Lastly, I will examine the first four Nik􀀀yas and the Vinaya of the P􀀀li Buddhist canon to see if the idea of nonviolent peace work, as defined within Peace and Conflict Studies, has textual support.

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