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Buddhism and the Natural World: Discerning an Environmental Imperative

Case Western Reserve University

  • Date Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Time 5:00PM - 5:00PM
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March 25, 2019

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU

Buddhism and the Natural World: Discerning an Environmental Imperative

5:00 pm

Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road

FREE. Registration requested at bakernord.case.edu or 216-368-2242.

In his talk, Mark Blum, Professor and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will first look at traditional views of the natural world in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhism, where nonhuman sentient life forms commonly appear as a legitimate voice in the unfolding of truth and the neutral view of nonsentient life and inorganic matter in India takes on greater spiritual significance as one moves eastward in Asia. Then the issue of ecology and environmental ethics will be considered in an attempt to clarify the efforts being made to infer an environmental imperative on the basis of Buddhist values.

Buddhism and the Natural World: Discerning an Environmental Imperative

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