Main CategoriesBuddha and BuddhismTheravada Suttas Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, The

Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, The

Product no.: 978-1614293552
Collected here for the first time are the Buddha’s teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem solving, and building harmonious relationships.

Currently out of stock

Additional product information

Publisher's Synopsis
Each selection is drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony covers the breadth of cultivating harmony, including chapters on:

  • Dealing with Anger 
  • Good Friendship 
  • Settling Disputes 
  • Establishing an Equitable Society
A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha’s approach to creating and sustaining social and communal peace. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha’s teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable. Translated by the acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, this text belongs on the bookshelf of anyone looking to bring peace to the world.

"Bhikkhu Bodhi, the master scholar/translator of the Buddha's teachings, has assembled perhaps his most important book. He draws upon on the depth of exploration of the Buddha teachings on the importance of community life. This book offers a precise and contemporary translation on the application of social and communal harmony, religious and secular.

Everyone from presidents, to politicians, to business leaders, religious authorities, educators and those working to develop society can dip into this book for invaluable insights and their application. You will find this book has much to offer whether dealing with family issues, skillful alternatives to blame, anger and violence, social conflict and national and international issues requiring non-violent resolution. It needs to be on the desk of every institution. Remember to read slowly a passage to glean out the wisdom for today. Then apply.”       ~Christopher Titmuss

The Buddha describes attributes of a good friend:
  1. He gives what is hard to give. 
  2. He does what is hard to do. 
  3. He patiently endures what is hard to endure. 
  4. He reveals secrets to you. 
  5. He preserves your secrets.
  6. He does not forsake you when you are in trouble.
  7. He does not despise you. 

Ven. 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.

Editor Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Author Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama
Commentary Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Translator Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 248 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 2016
Series Teachings of the Buddha
Browse these categories as well: Theravada Suttas, Southern Buddhism, Noteworthy Releases 2016

We also recommend