ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Dharmic traditions - Hinduism Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism- share much in common, notwithstanding a number of variations among them. In all these traditions the scriptures, writings, and practices hold compassion as an integral and a supreme virtue. This collection of essays by leading scholars from different disciplines aptly captures the essence of the religious spiritual aspects of these traditions as they relate to compassion. Most of the authors are practitioner-scholars and are experts in own disciplines, including sciences humanities, social sciences, law, and religion.
The experts met in September 20 Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for two days of lively deliberations under for auspices of the Uberoi Foundation Religious Studies, which was establish spread awareness and promote understanding of the Dharmic traditions throughout North America.
After addressing the 'central and fundamental' knowledge of these traditions and the common features and interaction among them, the essays here discuss compassion from various perspectives, as relationship with the natural world and the environment, selfless service, and the treatment of animals. A final set of essays sheds light on the significance of compassion in each ofthese Dharmic traditions.
As a comparative study, this is a u collection from which a clear picture err: of the central theme of moral compassionate conduct in the Dharmic traditions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ved P. Nanda is John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972 and now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, established in his honor by alumni and friends. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundel khand University, Jhansi, India.
Professor Nanda holds leadership positions in the global international law community, including the World Jurist Association, American Society of International Law, International Law Association, American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association's Human Rights Center and Section of International Law. He is an officer and board member in several international and national NGOs, especially those serving the Indian diaspora and concerned with India-US relations. He is the Chair of the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies.
He has received numerous national and international awards, has authored or co-authored 24 books and over 225 chapters and law review articles in international and comparative law, writes a column for the Denver Post, and is a regular commentator in both the electronic and print media.