The Question of Buddhist Environmentalism
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 10004
Interests: East Asian Buddhism; Buddhism and literature; Buddhism and film; Buddhism and science; theories and methods in the study of religion
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One of the most prominent manifestations of socially engaged modern Buddhism across both the Western and Asian regions is Buddhist environmentalism. In the past three decades, publications penned by both Western practitioners and Asian Buddhist leaders have asserted the consilience between Buddhism and ecological concerns. Studies have also attested to the environmentally conscious practices of contemporary Buddhist communities across the globe. On the other hand, historians of Buddhism have pushed back on the conjunction between Buddhism and environmentalism, pointing out that Buddhist traditions do not exhibit environmental concerns or friendliness and, indeed, were not above participating in structures that exploited nature for human gains.
The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight contributions that consider the transition of Buddhism from its historical past to its current engagement with pressing ecological issues. Articles may take any number of directions, from countering the critics of Buddhist environmentalism via additional historical and textual sources, to descriptive accounts of how current Buddhist communities make the connection between past and present practices, to theoretical considerations of how to account for change and evolution within Buddhist traditions, to the role of ethical concerns in shaping living religious traditions. Ideally, all contributions will promote the notion that Buddhism and environmentalism form a coherent and viable conjunction.
Prof. Dr. Francisca Cho
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- Buddhism and ecology
- Buddhist modernism
- religious change
- historical criticism