Ken Jones (Buddhist)

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Ken Jones
TitleBuddhist Author and Activist
Personal
BornKenneth Henry Jones
(1930-05-18)May 18, 1930
Wales
DiedAugust 2, 2015(2015-08-02) (aged 85)
ReligionBuddhism
NationalityBritish
Senior posting
TeacherSheng-yen
Websitewww.kenjoneszen.com

Kenneth Henry "Ken" Jones (18 May 1930 – 2 August 2015)[1] was a Welsh Buddhist activist, poet, and teacher.[2] He was considered an important voice in socially engaged Buddhism.[3]

Biography[edit]

Born in Wales, Jones spent much of his career in higher learning.[1] As an anarchist, Jones had at different times been associated with Communist Party of Great Britain, the Labour Party (Victory for Socialism Group) and the UK Green Party.[1]

As a proponent of socially engaged Buddhism, Jones was a founder of the UK Network of Socially Engaged Buddhists[1] and was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.[3] He also authored The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action[4] considered important book on socially engaged Buddhism.[3]

Jones taught at the Western Chan Fellowship[2] and was in the lineage of Sheng-yen.[3] He won many prizes for his poetry.[3]

He died in August 2015 after a long battle with prostate cancer.[2][3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Ken (2003). The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-365-6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ken's Biography". Ken Jones Zen. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Buddhist activist Ken Jones dies". Lion's Roar. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ken Jones, Welsh Author and Activist, Dies at 85". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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