Writer-activist Sivaraksa to speak on non-violence, religious activism

Sulak Sivaraksa, renowned Buddhist writer and Thailand’s preeminent social activist, will offer Reflections on Non-Violence and Religious Activism Today, on Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in Room 1100, Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Sulek.SivaraksaThe event, co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Religious Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

Sivaraksa is a co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, which was established in 1989 with leading Buddhists including the 14th Dalai Lama, Vietnamese monk and peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Theravada Bhikkhu Maha Ghosananda, as its patrons.

Sivaraksa received the Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) in 1995 and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has initiated a variety of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations in Thailand and written dozens of books related to globalization, consumerism and the environment.

Sivaraksa, now 81, has survived periods of imprisonment for his activism.

For more information about this event, contact the Religious Studies Program at (608) 265-1854, or by email at rsp@wisc.edu.