Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds

Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds

by Mary Evelyn Tucker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0945454139

ISBN-13: 9780945454137

Pub. Date: 01/15/1998

Publisher: Harvard Center for World Religions

Given the challenges of the environmental crisis, Buddhism's teaching of the interrelatedness of all life forms may be critical to the recovery of human reciprocity with nature. In this new work, twenty religionists and environmentalists examine Buddhism's understanding of the intricate web of life. In noting the cultural diversity of Buddhism, they highlight

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Given the challenges of the environmental crisis, Buddhism's teaching of the interrelatedness of all life forms may be critical to the recovery of human reciprocity with nature. In this new work, twenty religionists and environmentalists examine Buddhism's understanding of the intricate web of life. In noting the cultural diversity of Buddhism, they highlight aspects of the tradition which may help formulate an effective environmental ethics, citing examples from both Asia and the United States of socially engaged Buddhist projects to protect the environment. The authors explore theoretical and methodological issues and analyze the prospects and problems of using Buddhism as an environmental resource in both theory and practice. This groundbreaking volume inaugurates a larger series examining the religions of the world and their ecological implications which will shape a new field of study involving religious issues, contemporary environmental ethics, and public policy concerns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454137
Publisher:
Harvard Center for World Religions
Publication date:
01/15/1998
Series:
Religions of the World and Ecology Series
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Series Foreword
Introduction
Overview: Framing the Issues
Buddhism and Ecology: Collective Cultural Perceptions3
Theravada Buddhism and Ecology: The Case of Thailand
The Hermeneutics of Buddhist Ecology in Contemporary Thailand: Buddhadasa and Dhammapitaka21
A Theoretical Analysis of the Potential Contribution of the Monastic Community in Promoting a Green Society in Thailand45
Mahayana Buddhism and Ecology: The Case of Japan
The Jeweled Net of Nature71
The Japanese Concept of Nature in Relation to the Environmental Ethics and Conservation Aesthetics of Aldo Leopold89
Voices of Mountains, Trees, and Rivers: Kukai, Dogen, and a Deeper Ecology111
Buddhism and Animals: Indian and Japan
Animals and Environment in the Buddhist Birth Stories131
Animal Liberation, Death, and the State: Rites to Release Animals in Medieval Japan149
Zen Buddhism: Problems and Prospects
Mountains and Rivers and the Great Earth: Zen and Ecology165
The Precepts and the Environment177
American Buddhism: Creating Ecological Communities
Great Earth Sangha: Gary Snyder's View of Nature as Community187
American Buddhist Response to the Land: Ecological Practice at Two West Coast Retreat Centers219
The Greening of Zen Mountain Center: A Case Study249
Applications of Buddhist Ecological Worldviews
Nuclear Ecology and Engaged Buddhism269
Buddhist Resources for Issues of Population, Consumption, and the Environment291
Buddhism, Global Ethics, and the Earth Charter313
Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Buddhism and Ecology
Is There a Buddhist Philosophy of Nature?327
Green Buddhism and the Hierarchy of Compassion351
Buddhism and the Discourse of Environmental Concern: Some Methodological Problems Considered377
Bibliography on Buddhism and Ecology403
Notes on Contributors427
Index433

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