Councillor Biographies

Sulak Sivaraksa, Co-Founder, International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Sulak Sivaraksa is co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and is counted with such luminaries as Thich Nhat Hanh as one of the most important leaders of Engaged Buddhism. In Thailand Sulak has established himself as an outspoken social critic, prolific author and a compelling speaker. His books in English include an autobiography, ‘When Loyalty Demands Dissent’, and a book of essays titled ‘Seeds of Peace’. His most recent initiatives are ‘Alternatives to Consumerism’ and the ‘Spirit in EducationMovement’; both focused on offering alternatives to western cultural models. Sulak is often called ‘the father of Thai civil society’. He was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award in 1995.

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