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The four essays in this volume, spanning two decades of the author's engagement with Buddhism, dwell on the Buddha as a unique social philosopher who was deeply concerned about the way society could be organized in order to make it more humane. While the Buddha is well- known for his ideas on the nature of human existence and the sorrow it entails, as well as for pointing out the direction in which suffering could end, his ideas on how a new society could be created are less well-known. Since the late 19th century writers and thinkers in India have explored the humanitarian aspects of what the Buddha thought, how he envisaged the world in which he lived, and the direction of the change he envisioned. The four essays in this volume engage with the Buddha's ideas on inequality, the King as wielder of political power, women's search for liberation, and the place of compassion in Buddhist social philosophy. Printed Pages: 94.