Religion And Ecology In India And South East Asia

Religion And Ecology In India And South East Asia

by David L Gosling
     
 

What part can Hindu and Buddhist traditions play in resolving the ecological problems facing India and South East Asia? David Gosling's exciting study, based on extensive fieldwork, is of global significance: the creation of more sustainable relationships between people and the natural world is one of the most urgent social and environmental problems of the new

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What part can Hindu and Buddhist traditions play in resolving the ecological problems facing India and South East Asia? David Gosling's exciting study, based on extensive fieldwork, is of global significance: the creation of more sustainable relationships between people and the natural world is one of the most urgent social and environmental problems of the new millennium. David Gosling looks at the religions historically and from a contemporary perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415240307
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of figuresx
Forewordxi
Acknowledgementsxii
1Introduction1
The Asian viewpoint2
Ecology4
Religion6
Methodology8
Main arguments10
Religion at Rio13
2Ecology and Hindu tradition16
Modes and habitats17
Nomads and settlers18
The early Vedic period21
The Upanishads24
The post-Vedic period27
A contemporary approach29
3Ecology and modern India34
Extracting resources35
The Reformers36
The impact of science40
Indian scientists42
Jagadish Chandra Bose43
Gandhian ethics45
4Struggles for the forests51
The Himalayas52
Colonial forestry54
Early opposition56
Chipko and Appiko58
Sunderlal Bahuguna61
Anna Hazare63
5Ecology and Buddhism68
Early Buddhism69
The Mahayana72
The spread of Buddhism74
Southeast Asia76
Ladakh78
Bhutan82
6Thailand: a case study86
Environmental parameters88
Ashoka's legacy89
Monastic reforms91
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu92
Social and environmental activities96
Urban sects and movements100
The culture of gender103
7India since Independence110
The secular state111
'Abolish poverty'113
Patterns of resource use116
Environmental politics118
The Hindu Right122
Restructuring society126
Beyond liberalization131
8Signs of hope136
Global-level initiatives137
Personal initiatives140
North India143
South India145
Points of view148
Karan Singh148
M. C. Mehta150
Amartya Sen153
Sacred groves155
9Expanding our horizons159
Priorities and perceptions159
Religious misconceptions160
Continuities162
Transformations165
Public-interest science169
Environmentalists at the crossroads171
Secular India173
Appendix AMedicinal plants identified in Thailand176
Appendix BIndian non-governmental organizations181
Select glossary188
Notes190
Select bibliography201
Index205

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