The concept of Engaged Buddhism has been proposed by the renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He encourages Buddhist to apply insights from meditation practice and Buddhist principles to situations of social, environmental, political suffering and injustice. The concept of Engaged Buddhism has caught a lot of attention in the West and become the mainstream practice in Taiwan. However, despite the growth in popularity of Dharma and meditation practice in Hong Kong, political discussion or civic movement in the local Buddhist community is scarce. This forum will address how the Buddhist community may respond to the current political situation, and explore the possibility of practising Engaged Buddhism in Hong Kong.
1. Miss Yawen Chan – Founder of Buddhist Concern Alliance
2. Dr Billy Tang – Author of History of Hong Kong Buddhism (translated title)
3. Prof Benny Tai – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
4. Prof William Wu – Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University