Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions

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This book probes the origins of the practice of nonviolence in early India and traces its path within the Jaina, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, including its impact on East Asian Cultures. It then turns to a variety of contemporary issues relating to this topic such as: vegetarianism, animal and environmental protection, and the cultivation of religious tolerance.
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Probes the origin of nonviolence in early India, and traces its path within the Jaina, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, including its impact on East Asian cultures. Then explores how it informs such contemporary issues as vegetarianism, animal rights, environmental protection, and religious tolerance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791414989
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: SUNY Series in Religious Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,537,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents


A Note on Diacritical Marks


Part I. Nonviolence, Animals, and Earth

1. Origins and Traditional Articulations of Ahimsa

2. Nonviolence, Buddhism, and Animal Protection

3. Nonviolent Asian Responses to the Environmental Crisis: Select Contemporary Examples

Part II. The Nonviolent Self

4. Otherness and Nonviolence in the Mahabharata

5. Nonviolent Approaches to Multiplicity

6. The Jaina Path of Nonresistant Death

7. Living Nonviolence



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    What has our world gotten to seriously I am so sad for animals that were beautiful and smart but exstinct because of the human race. We are so screwed up these days I swear. If the animal is on the endagered species list its there for a reason. If a farmer saw an Endangered wolf on its land terrorizing livestock and he shot it would he get in trouble. Yes because it was endangered. If you kill an endangered species don't hide it report it. The Amur leapord which is a leapored in Russias Taiga forest is endangered thete are 30 to 40 living we can't let our animals die. Not today not ever. I want to grow and have kids who can see what a tiger looks like or what a whale is. Our world is beautiful lets keep it that way.

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