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The InnerView travels to Chuang Yen Monastery in Upstate New York where Imran Garda meets Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi.
The prominent monastic discusses the principles of Engaged Buddhism and explains why he believes being silent on issues affecting humanity’s most vulnerable is not an option. Bodhi also has strong words of criticism for Ashin Wirathu, the monk accused of inflaming hatred against Rohingya Muslims.

00:00 Intro
00:45 Leaving the US to become a monk
01:17 A mother’s heartbreak: ‘Why can’t you live a normal life?’
01:57 Who is Bhikkhu Bodhi?
03:33 The most serious problem currently facing humanity
05:47 What is Engaged Buddhism?
08:00 Founding Buddhist Global Relief
11:42 Greed, hatred, and delusion
14:15 Promoting wellbeing for people
15:53 Bodhi’s views on violence for the sake of peace
17:34 Myanmar’s “racist” and “demagogue” Buddhist monk - Ashin Wirathu
20:16 How Buddhists protect the principles of Buddhism
22:58 On mindfulness and the secularization of Buddhism
25:56 The spiritual journey of Jeffrey Block

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Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Monk, Chuang Yen Monastery
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