Buddhism 's Obligation Towards The Natural World

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Abstract: Buddhism encourages a harmonious relationship with nature. Throughout Buddhist doctrine, there are examples of humankind’s obligation towards the natural world. This link between a religious philosophy and environmentalism is essential for those who practice the religion. Through understanding the sacred texts of Buddhism and discussions of Buddhist practice towards nature, one can arrive at the conclusion that within Buddhism God is green. To successfully practice the religion followers too ought to practice in a manner in which environmentalism is part of their devotion.

Buddha the Environmentalist Within both Philosophy and religion there are many examples of humankind’s obligation towards the natural world and as such the role humanity ought to play in environmental conservation. According to the book: “Environmental Ethics:”
“Just as biotic communities, and the whole biosphere, show evolutionary trends towards stable diversity, so does the terrestrial ecosystem as a whole. As Stephen Clark has further suggested, the pattern may even be one of movement towards an Aristotelian final cause, a state of diversity and stability.” (Elliot, 1995).
Not only do philosophers such as Aristotle pose a theory of respect towards the natural world religious text does as well. One such religion that takes on an environmental philosophy is Buddhism. As current environmental threats were not yet invented during the time of Buddha, there is no direct…
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