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Culture of Peace

Experience and Experiment by: Baidyanath Saraswati

The authors share their concerns for peace, situating their sensuous / intellectual / spiritual experiences in a culture of peace. They show how education, individual responsibility, philosophy, Gandhian non-violence, Buddhist compassion, etc. can reinforce the culture of peace.

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ISBN: 9788124601242
Year Of Publication: 1999
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 262
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 850 gm.

Overview

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.

Contents

Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Prologue
— 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
List of Contributors

Meet the Author
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B.N. Saraswati obtained his PhD from Ranchi University and specializes in the anthropology of religion and Indian civilization. He is the former UNESCO Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He was associated with the Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, for a decade, and another decade at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. During this period he did extensive field work in rural India and conducted a detailed study of Varanasi. Most recently he has been drawing out relevant themes from traditional thought and modern science to build up indigenous anthropology from within. He has authored The Sacred Science of Man, Ascetics of Kashi, and The Nature of Man and Culture: Alternate Paradigms in Anthropology, as well as many other books and publications.
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