Responsible Living: Explorations in Applied Buddhist Ethics-Animals, Environment, GMOs, Digital Media

Responsible Living: Explorations in Applied Buddhist Ethics-Animals, Environment, GMOs, Digital Media

by Ron Epstein


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Moral dilemmas of the modern world

Does genetic engineering have the potential to be as dangerous a nuclear holocaust? Will playing games online lead to brain shrinkage? These and other environmental and moral dilemmas of the modern world are discussed in Responsible Living, a collection of essays which use Buddhist texts and academic resources to analyze problems in today’s world. Topics include pollution, animal cruelty, genetically modified foods, and our addictions to digital and social media. Author Ron Epstein describes how outer environmental and social problems mirror humanity’s inner struggle with selfishness, greed, and desire. By connecting Buddhist concepts such as compassion, causation, and moral precepts to these issues, this collection of essays provides guidance to for ethical conduct in today’s world.

Dr. Epstein, retired lecturer in the philosophy department at San Francisco State University and founding member of Dharma Realm Buddhist University, holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He commenced his lifelong study and practice of Buddhism at the age of 24 under the guidance of the Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua. He compiled Budddhism A to Z, a popular reference book on Buddhist terminology, and was a principle translator of the Surangama Sutra, an important Buddhist source on meditation. He has written extensively on the contemporary application of Buddhism and Buddhist ethics. He also co-sponsored legislation which banned for the first time the growing of GMOs in northern California on a county-wide basis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601030993
Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ajahn Pasanno vii

Preface by Ron Epstein xi

Acknowledgments xv

1. The Inner Ecology: Buddhist Ethics and Practice 1

2. A Buddhist Perspective on Animal Rights 5

3. Pollution and the Environment: Some Radically New Ancient Views 11

4. Animals for Dinner: A Karmic Tale 20

5. Our Relationship with Nature: A Buddhist Exploration 22

6. Environmental Issues: A Buddhist Perspective 30

7. Human Spiritual Potential and the Environmental Crisis 34

8. The Need for Ethical Guidelines to Protect Us from the Technological World 40

9. Looking at Hi-Tech through the Lens of the Five Moral Precepts 49

10. Science and Buddhism: A Critical Comparison 61

11. Genetic Engineering: A Buddhist Assessment 81

12. Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering 90

13. Some Ethical Challenges Posed by the Internet and Digital Social Media: A Buddhist Perspective 110

14. Where are We Going—Digitally? 143

Endnotes 145

About the Author 179

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