Buddhist socialism

Buddhist socialism

Buddhist socialism is a political ideology which advocates socialism based on the principles of Buddhism.

Buddhist socialists have called for state provision of the Buddhist requisites of food, shelter, clothing and medicine, for the abolition or amelioration of class distinctions, for campaigns for morality based on Buddhist traditions, and for workers and peasants to overcome the love of property.

People who have been described as Buddhist socialists include Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, U Nu and Norodom Sihanouk. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso describes himself as "half-Marxist, half-Buddhist"

G. P. Malalasekara of Sri Lanka wrote about Buddhist socialism in an article published in "Studies in Indo-Asian Art and Culture, Volume 1.", 1972.

ee also

*Buddhist economics
*Religious socialism

External links

* [http://www.suanmokkh.org/ds/dhamsoc.htm Dhammic Socialism] - a Buddhist response to social suffering

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