Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

70. Are Buddhists Active in Ecological Movements and Protecting the Environment to Mitigate Climate Change?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Alex Owens [+-]
Lancaster University
Alex Owens is a PhD student based at Lancaster University, UK. His work is on Buddhism’s engagement with the West, religion, and the environment, and his recent thesis focused on the genealogy of the Indra’s Net metaphor.

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The climate crisis is something that affects each and every one of us today. Although environmental concern was present in early Buddhist texts, this concern meant something different when the texts were compiled. It was more localized in scale and far removed from today’s global crisis. So, modern Buddhist ecological activists have had to innovate, engaging with debates outside of their tradition in order to create new Buddhist models. To answer the question, then: yes, Buddhists are active in ecological movements, and, through figures such as the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, the tradition as a whole is increasingly seen as “green".

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Owens, Alex. 70. Are Buddhists Active in Ecological Movements and Protecting the Environment to Mitigate Climate Change?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 352-355 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40812. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40812. Nov 2021

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