January 22, 2009
Pankaj Mishra —
The Buddha in the World

A few years ago, journalist Pankaj Mishra pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's thought across India and Europe, Afghanistan and America. He emerged with a startling critique of Western political economy that is even more resonant today as he pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's core questions: Do desiring and acquiring make us happy? Does large-scale political change really address human suffering?

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is an Indian journalist and author of several books, including An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times and the British newspaper The Guardian.

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Mishra continues his critique of the ideologies of progress and globalization, refreamed for the current global economic situation.

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A street vendor in the city of Sarnath peddles posters of pop culture film stars and religious icons.

Photo by Pankaj Mishra

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