I first began studying Buddhism in 1999 while living in Canada. Having lived and grown up in the West, I saw how Buddhism was adopted and adapted by the West in terms of science, psychology and the art of living.
I have always been interested, however, in Buddhism as a philosophy and, in particular, as a political philosophy. For me, this involved thinking about the world and political phenomena from a Buddhist philosophical and ethical perspective.
I will be speaking more about Buddhist political philosophy here in Uddari. For me, it is something that means a lot to me as a South Asian living in the diaspora. Buddhism not only originated and developed in South Asia but it has also become an increasingly influential philosophy in the Western culture in which I have grown up.