Buddhism is a tradition which has cultivated a profound sense of the interconnection of all life-forms in its doctrine of dependent origination. This teaching of interrelatedness may be a critical basis for the recovery of human reciprocity with nature and with all life-forms. This volume examines Buddhism's understanding of the intricate web of ...Read MoreBuddhism is a tradition which has cultivated a profound sense of the interconnection of all life-forms in its doctrine of dependent origination. This teaching of interrelatedness may be a critical basis for the recovery of human reciprocity with nature and with all life-forms. This volume examines Buddhism's understanding of the intricate web of life. In noting the cultural diversity of Buddhism, it highlights aspects of the tradition which may be helpful in formulating an effective environmental ethics. It cites examples from both Asia and the United States of socially engaged Buddhist projects to protect the environment. Finally, the volume explores some of the theoretical and methodological issues involved in such a project. Elaborating upon topics introduced at a conference at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, the authors analyze the prospects and the problems of using Buddhism as an environmental resource in both theory and practice.Read Less
Minor rubbing. VG. 23x15cm, xlii, 467 pp., PAPERBACK. Contents: Preface / Lawrence E. Sullivan--Series forward / Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim--Introduction / Duncan Ryuken Williams--Overview: framing the issues. Buddhism and ecology: collective cultural perceptions / Lewis Lancaster--Theravada Buddhism and ecology: the case of Thailand. The hermeneutics of Buddhist ecology in contemporary Thailand: Buddhadasa and Dhammapitaka / Donald K. Swearer--A theoretical analysis of the potential contribution of the monastic community in promoting a green society in Thailand / Leslie E. Sponsel and Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel--Mahayana Buddhism and ecology: the case of Japan. The jeweled net of nature / Paul O. Ingram--The Japanese concept of nature in relation to the environmental ethics and conservation aesthetics of Aldo Leopold / Steve Odin--Voices of mountains, trees, and rivers: kukai, dogen, and a deeper ecology / Graham Parkes--Buddhism and animals: India and Japan. Animals and evironment in the Buddhist birth stories / Christopher Key Chapple--Animal liberation, death, and the state: rites to release animals in medieval Japan / Duncan Ryuken Williams--Zen Buddhism: problems and prospects. Mountains and rivers and the great Earth: zen and ecology / Ruben L. F. Habito--The precepts and the environment / John Daido Loori; etc.
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