Ken Jones (Buddhist)

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Ken Jones
TitleBuddhist Author and Activist
Kenneth Henry Jones

(1930-05-18)May 18, 1930
DiedAugust 2, 2015(2015-08-02) (aged 85)
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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]


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]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Ken's Biography". Ken Jones Zen. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Buddhist activist Ken Jones dies". Lion's Roar. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "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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