Sulak Sivaraksa

(b. 1933)

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(1933– ).

Thai activist and leading figure in the Engaged Buddhism movement, along with Thich Nhat Hanh and others. Sivaraksa's critical views of the policies of the ruling monarchy have often brought him into conflict with the Thai authorities, and he was arrested in 1984 but subsequently released after a popular campaign. Sivaraksa has supported causes such as the promotion of world peace, the protection of the environment, and an end to economic exploitation, particularly in the developing world. He believes these ends can be achieved by returning to a simpler form of life modelled on the social and political constitution of the Buddhist Saṃgha. To further these aims he founded the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) in 1989.

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