social transformation

The Psychological Construction of Reality: An Essay in the Buddhist Psychology of Knowledge

This paper explores the theoretical fruits of the marriage between Social Constructionism and Buddhist psychology, particularly vis-à-vis reality, selfhood, and social change. In Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmannn’s 1966 classic, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, the authors called for a “sociological psychology,” which this paper addresses by building upon some of the insights from Engaged Buddhism, specifically the Order of Interbeing.

The Role of Spirituality in Leadership for Social Change

Japanese Assistant Professor, Maiko Yasuno, presents a compelling argument for the role of higher education in supporting a new leadership paradigm directed toward fostering positive social change based on spiritual elements, such as interconnectedness and collaboration. Through her writing and research, Yasuno upholds Daisaku Ikeda’s idea that “a great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will cause a change in the destiny of all humankind.

Transformative social change

Transformative social change is a philosophical, practical and strategic process to affect revolutionary change within society, i.e., social transformation. It is effectively a systems approach applied to broad-based social change and social justice efforts to catalyze sociocultural, socioeconomic and political revolution.

Buddhist Economics

... I would start by suggesting we look for wisdom in the mystical traditions that underlie religion, rather than religion itself, which has often distorted these essential truths. Among these wisdoms, the most relevant to this discussion might be the simple premise that we all suffer and also that we are all interconnected. These are, in their simplest forms, the driver of individual behavior and the reason there is an impact of that behavior on the larger eco-system. ...

Mysticism & Social Change (Course)

This course will explore the powerful synergy between mystic spirituality and social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” In the urgent and troubling context of current world events, we will look to the example of “mystic-activists” from diverse cultures and faith traditions for insight and inspiration. Readings and class explorations include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Indigenous sources.

Mysticsm and Social Change

Explores the relationship between the mystical and the political dimensions of religious existence, beginning with the thirteenth-century Franciscon movement and ending with a feminist opproach to the norralives of African Americons who serve in the ministry. From the thirteenth-century Franciscan movement of African American mystics, this wide-ranging volume of essays considers exemplars of Christian mysticism (including Teresa of Avila, lgnatius of Loyola, the Quakers, and the Society of Friends) whose practices and influence brought about social change.