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Buddhism is more than meditation, dealing with suffering, compassion and karma. The Buddha and his leading disciples led active lives and engaged with critical social, political and economic issues. Based on the Early Buddhist Texts, this presentation focuses on what the Buddha said and did about profligate living, corruption, supremacist racist and caste theories and conspiracies, the purpose of wealth, good governance, openness and accountability, trafficking of women and girls, equity and justice, waste and sustainable consumption. The presentation highlights what a radical Buddhism offers to move towards a sustainable world.

Don de Silva is an environmentalist, diplomat, author, Buddhist Chaplain, and trainer.

He worked as a senior official with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and also for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and implemented effective global media campaigns to create awareness about sustainable development and has participated in creating new forms of environmental diplomacy. He has worked in over 135 countries.

He has also participated in getting governments to work together to tackle environmental issues. He was particularly involved in the establishment of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), the first-ever inter-governmental body in the region.

He writes on solutions to environmental issues. His publication include: Against All Odds and Banking the Unbankable.

A certified mindfulness trainer, he focuses on the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness, particularly its relevance to sustainable living. Presently a university mentor, delivering sessions on areas, such as mindfulness and confidence building, reducing stress and anxiety, mindful learning and speaking.

He delivers sessions on radical Buddhism for sustainable change, and faith, environment and justice, responding to climate change and COVID 19.