Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand is one of Asiaís most prominent and outspoken social thinkers and social activists. His wide-ranging work includes founding the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, inviting those in war zones from Burma and Sri Lanka to come for meditation retreats in Thai monasteries, and organizing poor workers throughout the Third World to discuss their common hardships. Sivaraksa draws on his study and practice of Buddhism to approach a wide range of subjects, including economic development, the environment, Japanís role in Asia, and women in Buddhist and Asian culture.
Sivaraksa was educated primarily in England and Wales. His politics are at once culturally conservative and socially progressive. He is a lawyer, a teacher, a scholar, a publisher, the founder of many organizations, and the author of more than 60 books and monographs in both Thai and English. At once critical and compassionate, Sivaraksa offers intelligent and creative alternatives to the destructive patterns of living so prevalent in the world today. He speaks and writes widely about his ideas for revitalizing society.
Sivaraksa was chair of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Hawaii, Cornell, and Swarthmore.