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Sulak Sivaraksa in Berkeley

Sulak Sivaraksa Speaking in Berkeley

Thai social philosopher and Buddhist activist Sulak 
Sivaraksa will speak on Buddhism and Democracy at 
Berkeley Zen Center, 1933 Russell Street, Berkeley on 
Tuesday evening, April 26 at 7:30.  

Sulak is founder of the International Network of Engaged 
Buddhists, Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute, and numerous 
other human rights and alternative development organizations.  
For these tireless efforts he has been twice nominated, in 
1993 and 1994, for the Nobel Prize for Peace. He has written 
dozens of books in Thai and English, including Seeds of Peace, 
an anthology of Sulak's writings published by Berkeley's 
Parallax Press.

Presently, Sulak Sivaraksa is on trial in Thailand for 
lese majeste, a serious charge of defaming the king, brought 
in the wake of Thailand's military coup in 1991 that led directly 
to the violent repression of democracy in May 1992.  Sulak's 
prescient words and forceful voice accurately predicted these 
events, pointing to another course that Thai people might 
follow in their quest for democracy rooted in the national 
Buddhist culture. 

This is a rare opportunity to hear and meet a challenging, 
original voice for socially engaged Buddhism and human 
rights in the developing world.  For more information, 
call Alan Senauke at Buddhist Peace Fellowship 
Q 510-525-8596.