Buddhism and the Environment

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cooran
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Buddhism and the Environment

Postby cooran » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:59 am

Hello all,

Personally, I think that caring for how our actions affect the environment is Avihimsā - harmlessness, non-violence - which is one of the three constituents of right motivation sammā-sankappa, i.e. the 2nd factor of the 8-fold path see: magga. In the several lists of elements dhātu appears also an element of harmlessness avihesā-dhātu, in the sense of an irreducible elementary quality of Noble thought, speech & behaviour. See Dhp.
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Bud ... tm#avihimsā

Journal of Buddhist Ethics - Articles on the Environment (David Loy, Peter Harvey et al.)
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethi ... vironment/

Greening Buddhist Practice
http://www.crosscurrents.org/greening.htm

Thoughts?

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Chris
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Hanzze
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Re: Buddhism and the Environment

Postby Hanzze » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:15 am

Dear cooran,

from my view, the monk rules are mostly about environment and how to protect it for his own sake and the sake of the community. Much solution can be fond inside of it, it just would need the courage to do it, which means also to keep the rules by one self.
I guess it is not easy to leave comfortable ideas.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Buddhism and the Environment

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am

Greetings,

cooran wrote:Thoughts?

I agree. What you say about avihimsā is an appropriate way to regards the environment from the point of view of the Dhamma.

The efficacy of the Dhamma is measured in terms of internal mental purity, with respect to the objective ideal of nibbana.

The efficacy of environmentalism is measured in external environmental purity, with respect to a subjective ideal of a utopian environment.

Avihimsā contributes directly to internal mental purity.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

Neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Discipline, one must conclude thus: 'Certainly, this is not the Blessed One's utterance; this has been misunderstood by that bhikkhu — or by that community, or by those elders, or by that elder.' In that way, bhikkhus, you should reject it. (DN 16)

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Re: Buddhism and the Environment

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:47 am

Hi Cooran

Thank you. You have made a very good point -linking ahimsa with protecting our environment.
:anjali:

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