Teachers who inspired me: Sulak Sivaraksa
Sulak Sivaraksa was another of the founders of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) and has also been awarded the Right Livelihood Award. Along with many of the teachers I have listed he believes that development must be sustainable. Also is a advocate of nonviolence in solving problems. He is also one of the fine authors who contributed to: Conflict, Culture, Change: Engaged Buddhism in a Globalizing World.
Even though he is a firm believer and follower of the teachings of the Buddha, he opposed the declaring of Buddhism to be the state religion of Thailand, as it would discriminate and cause tension. He believes that all religions have the basis of moral teachings that allow us to work in harmony. “Religion is at the heart of social change, and social change is the essence of religion.” Sulak Sivaraksa. Seeds of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society. Foreword by H.H.The Dalai Lama. Parallax Press/International Network of Engaged Buddhist/ Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation 1992. p. 61.