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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Mary Evelyn Tucker is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.
Duncan Ryuken Williams is Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, University of California, Berkeley.
Christopher Key Chapple is Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University.
Malcolm David Eckel is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University.
Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
A volume of this kind is an important step in engaging scholarship to address critical issues of our time. The potential of religious traditions offering resources for rethinking our relation to the earth is one of the most exciting themes to emerge from scholarship in many years. This volume will be a first important step to the full understanding of the contribution humankind's perceptions of the sacred can make to the way we care for our earth. (Rodney L. Taylor Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Dean of the Graduate School University of Colorado)
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Book Description Center for the Study of World Religions, Cambridge, MA, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG+. Hardback in Very Good+ condition with Very Good+ dust jacket.; Religions of the World and Ecology; 9.33 X 6.42 X 1.53 inches; 467 pages VG+; Hardback in Very Good+ condition with Very Good+ dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 44531