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Culture of Peace

Experience and Experiment

Over the rolling centuries, 'peace' has been a major concern: in religions and, more often, within socio-political contexts. Yet, perhaps ironically, the world history is a long, uninterrupted story of wars and violence below

About This Book

Over the rolling centuries, 'peace' has been a major concern: in religions and, more often, within socio-political contexts. Yet, perhaps ironically, the world history is a long, uninterrupted story of wars and violence. Not long ago -- in the aftermath of Hitler's defeat, the inception of the United Nations held out hopes of a new, free-from-war world order, which the hostile scenario today belies!

Is peace then a dream? A Utopian abstraction in a dehumanized, fragmented world, stock-piling all-devastating war machines? And can we possibly uphold the culture of peace amidst the growing cult of violence and blind consumerism, or in a climate of distrust, acrimony and intolerance? Addressed in this collection of essays are these and other related questions by some of the best minds from different countries of Asia.

Cutting across narrow compartmentalizations of disciplines, the authors try to share, with wider audiences, their concerns for peace, situating their sensuous/intellectual/spiritual experiences in a culture of peace. Also identifying specificities -- in terms of peace-threat-ening issues, situations, geographical zones, the volume attempts to show how education, individual responsibility, philosophy, ethics, artistic creativity, collective spirituality, Gandhian non-violence, Sufis' universal love, and the Buddhist message of compassion and equanimity can reinforce the culture of peace -- even in the face of despair.

This volume -- 6th in the Culture and Development series -- is essentially the assemblage of essays presented at the Asian Conference on "The Culture of Peace: the Experiences and the Experiments", held on 25-29 November 1996 in New Delhi.

  • Foreword By : Kapila Vatsyayan
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601242
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601240
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1999
  • Pages : xvii, 262 p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 850


-- Kapila Vatsyayan


-- Felix Marti Ambel

Introduction: Diffusing Glory With Peace

-- Baidyanath Saraswati

Part - I
Sharing the Experience of Beauty and Peace

1. The Cosmos and Humanity as a Healing Family

-- Minoru Kasai

2. The True Meaning of Peace from the Chinese Literary Perspective

-- Tan Chung

3. Buddhist Art, the Mission of Harmonious Culture

-- Jin Weinuo

4. Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram

-- Natalia Kravtchenko
-- Vladimir Zaitsev

5. Creative, Hence a Peaceful Society

-- Devi Prasad

6. Peace as Theatrical Experience

-- Bharat Gupt

Part II
Examining the Emperical Reality of Beauty and Peace

7. A Dehumanized Environment

-- Keshav Malik

8. Modernity and Individual Responsibility

-- M.M. Agrawal

9. The Illusion of Seeking Peace

-- S.C. Malik

10. Man in His Becoming: A Change of Perspective

-- Mira Aster Patel

Part - III
Working Towards the Restoration of Peace

11. Vipassana and the Art of Peaceful Living

-- S.N.Goenka

12. Buddhist Doctrine and the Culture of Peace

-- Pataraporn Sirikanchana

13. Buddhism as a Contribution to Peace in Vietnam

-- Cao xuan Pho

14. Buddhism and Peace: A Personal View

-- Sirima K. Goonesinghe

15. The Sufi Paradign of Peace-Making

-- Mohammad Reza Rikhtehgaran

16. The Contribution of Indian Sufis to Peace and Amity

-- K.A. Nizami

17. The Call of the Forest

-- Som Raj Gupta

18. The Culture of Peace: Experiment and Expectation

-- Biswanarayan Shastri

19. Creativity, Pax Mundi and Gandhi

-- Ramjee Singh

20. The Culture of Peace versus Materialism and Consumerism

-- N. Radhakrishnan

Part IV
Forming the Network of Actors in Peace

21. Experiencing Peace while Engaging in Experiments Based on Moral Principles

-- A.T. Ariyaratne

22. Working Together for Peace: The Asian Perspective

-- M. Aram

23. Public Opinion and the Movement for Peace

-- Ali Aksad

24. An Odyssey of Peace

-- Angelo Fernandes

25. Baha'i Principles of Education and World Peace

-- Dwight W. Allen

26. The United Nations and Permanent Peace in the 21st Century

-- A.K. Merchant

27. An International Network of Peace

-- M. Ishaq Jamkhanawala

28. Self-Organizing Centres and Networks of Peace

-- Baidyanath Saraswati

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