100th anniversary of the birth of the Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906-1993)   
Countries : Thailand
Year : 2006
A pioneer in the promotion of the inter-religious understanding through dialogue among people of different faiths, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a famous Buddhist monk, was highly respected worldwide. He left his monastery to rediscover the integration of Buddhism in the world and the spirit of its origins. His emphasis on the interdependence of all things made of him a precursor of ecological thought and a champion of peace among nations. His writings, which have been translated and published in many languages, have had a very considerable influence on the renewal of Buddhist thinking. The thoughts expressed have the potential to guide not only Thailand, but also all societies struggling to create a just and equitable social, political and economic order.
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