The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) has announced that the International Young Bodhisattvas Programme: For Spiritual Resurgence and Social Transformation, a two-week experiential learning initiative for young leaders and social activists is now open to potential applicants. The program runs in collaboration with the Buddhist Hongshi College in Taiwan from October 31 to November 13, 2023.
"The International Young Bodhisattvas Program, established by INEB in collaboration with Buddhist Hongshi College, aims to develop young people's confidence, capacity and commitment to social and spiritual transformation," INEB said in a statement. announcement shared with BDG. “This is an exposure program centered on the values of benevolence and compassion for young people to learn about social engagement in Asia, especially in the context of Taiwan. »
The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) is a global network of individuals and organizations committed to promoting and working for social justice, environmental sustainability and world peace. INEB was established in 1989 by renowned Buddhist scholar and activist Professor Sulak Sivaraksa and a group of Buddhist leaders seeking to apply Buddhist teachings and principles to contemporary social and political issues. Through its global network, the INEB strives to promote understanding, cooperation and connection between inter-Buddhist and inter-religious groups, and to actively address pressing global issues such as human rights, the resolution conflicts and environmental crises.
"The training program for young bodhisattvas aims to foster spiritual resurgence and social transformation," explained the INEB. " The program . . . addresses the lack of lasting peace and social justice in countries influenced by capitalism and authoritarianism, emphasizing the importance of compassion, non-violence and youth engagement to achieve real social change.
The program is hosted in Tao Yuan, Taiwan, at Buddhist Hongshi College, founded by Venerable Shih Chao-hwei, the renowned Taiwanese Buddhist monk who achieved worldwide fame as a socially engaged activist, scholar and author, and as as the leading voice for liberation, empowerment and compassionately engaged Buddhism in Asia and beyond. Applicants should be between the ages of 20 and 40, have a good command of the English language, demonstrate an interest in Buddhism, spirituality, personal transformation and social change, and be open to learning with others.
"Whether you were born into a Buddhist family, came to Buddhism on your own, or don't identify as a Buddhist at all, this program is designed to strengthen your understanding of the roots of duhkhaor suffering, in our modern societies, as well as potential ways to address it,” the INEB noted.
The application deadline for the International Young Bodhisattvas: For Spiritual Resurgence and Social Transformation Program is August 20.
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“In many countries, lasting peace and social justice remain elusive because of capitalism, authoritarianism and the dominance of the corporate sector and undemocratic governments,” observed the INEB. “The ecological consequences of human consumption and a profit-driven ideology have fueled greed. , competition, oppression and exploitation. Structural violence has led to poverty, ecological crises, discrimination and conflict.
“Unbalanced development and societal divisions hinder the potential of the younger generation. Buddhist thinkers and activists offer compassionate alternatives. The Buddha's timeless teachings have the potential to guide humanity towards a peaceful and sustainable world.
Based in Bangkok, INEB has implemented a wide range of social projects and outreach programs across the region aimed at overcoming suffering and empowering vulnerable communities through Dharma practice and social engagement, such as education and training programs, community development projects, advocacy and lobbying efforts and interfaith dialogue.
INEB emphasizes the importance of developing an ethical Dharma-based approach to its work and encourages members to work collaboratively and respectfully with individuals and organizations on the basis of shared values and aspirations. The network also champions the importance of environmental sustainability and responsible use of natural resources, and has promoted sustainable development practices in various communities.