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Title: Proceedings of the Caux Round Table's First Southeast Asia Dialogue
Date: 03-Dec-2009
Category: Announcements
Description: The proceedings of our first Southeast Asia Dialogue are now complete. The Round Table was held in Bangkok last August. We are most grateful to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya for hosting the round table at the Ministry, Khun Nick Pisalyaput, Director of CRT Thailand, for his thorough and thoughtful arrangements making the Round Table a success, to the Tunku Abdul Aziz, our CRT Coordinator for Southeast Asia, for chairing the meeting, and to Professor Ian Fenwick of the SASIN Graduate School for drafting the proceedings.

The proceedings of our first Southeast Asia Dialogue are now complete. The Round Table was held in Bangkok last August. We are most grateful to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya for hosting the round table at the Ministry, Khun Nick Pisalyaput, Director of CRT Thailand, for his thorough and thoughtful arrangements making the Round Table a success, to the Tunku Abdul Aziz, our CRT Coordinator for Southeast Asia, for chairing the meeting, and to Professor Ian Fenwick of the SASIN Graduate School for drafting the proceedings.

Attached to the proceedings are some very instructive documents which are most difficult to locate: a discussion of the Rajadhamma, or 10 ethical principles for leadership derived from Theravada Buddhist ethics, and presentations of the Sufficiency Economy concept. This concept, suggested in Thailand by His Majesty, is an approach to CSR based on Theravada approaches to living a sustainable and balanced life within the many faceted karmic cycles of good and bad actions.

The Sufficiency Economy approach deserves special attention in our mind because so much of the thinking around CSR has grown out of Euro-American moral and intellectual constructs and traditions. A set of Theravada recommendations deserves consideration as a contribution to the emergence of a truly global approach to CSR.

The Round Table also presented to Thai opinion leaders prior CRT work on understanding Qur'anic guidance for good governance. Leading Muslim theologians from South Thailand participated in a path-opening discussion of really quite similar Theravada and Qur'anic approaches to responsibility and justice. This dialogue between Theravada and Qur'anic ethical approaches was of particular constructive relevance given the continuing unrest and violence in the Muslim populated provinces in southernmost Thailand.

To view the proceedings, please click here (160 pages, 11MBytes).  



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