Environmental Ethics in Buddhism

Environmental Ethics in Buddhism

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Environmental Ethics in Buddhism presents a logical and thorough examination of the metaphysical and ethical dimensions of early Buddhist literature. The author determines the meaning of nature in the early Buddhist context from general Buddhist teachings on dhamma, paticcasamuppada, samsara and the cosmogony of the Agganna Sutta. Consequently, the author shows that early Buddhism can be understood as an environmental virtue ethics. To illustrate this dimension, the Jatakas are used as a source. These are a collection of over five hundred folk tales, which also belong to early Buddhist literature. This work gives an innovative approach to the subject, which puts forward a distinctly Buddhist environmental ethics that is in harmony with traditional teachings as well as adaptable and flexible in addressing environmental problems.Colin Edwards in a short essay entitled a€œThe Buddha: Friendship and Beautya€ says of Buddhaa#39;s caution about beauty in ... first question about whether aesthetic appreciation is at all a sufficient basis for environmental ethics and conservation, anbsp;...

Title:Environmental Ethics in Buddhism
Author:Pragati Sahni
Publisher:Routledge - 2007-09-12


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