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What Can Buddhism Offer to a World in Crisis?

A Conversation with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and David Loy

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What are the responsibilities of Buddhists in response to increasing economic inequality, ethnic and racial violence, environmental destruction, and other crises?
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In this benefit conversation for Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) and its European sister organization Mitgefühl in Aktion (MiA), Buddhist monk and esteemed scholar Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi speaks with David Loy, author of EcoDharma, about what Buddhism has to offer in the way of diagnoses and responses to intersecting global crises.


“What Buddhism can provide is a very acute, very penetrating analysis of the causes of this collective dhukkha. The problem is finding the means to implement significant changes.”

“We have lots of teachers, plenty of teachings, but our sanghas are still weak.”

“The bodhisattva path might be the single most important contribution that buddhism has to offer to the crucial situation that we have today.”

This recording is from a talk hosted by Buddhist Global Relief and Mitgefühl in Aktion.

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and David Loy

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk and translator of Pali Buddhist texts. He is also the founding chair of Buddhist Global Relief, an organization dedicated to helping communities worldwide afflicted with chronic hunger and malnutrition. He is based at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. He was appointed president of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and In the Buddha’s Words (2005).

David Robert Loy is vice-president of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. He is a professor, writer, and teacher in the Sanbo tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. A student of Yamada Koun and Robert Aitken, he was authorized to teach in 1988 and leads retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. He is author of EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis and A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World, and he is co-editor of A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. His website is
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