Flashcards in Future directions of Buddhism Deck (14):
One impact of Buddhism to consider concerns
climate change and their beliefs about the environment.
Buddhists have not been as guilty to
damaging the environment like Christians
With Christianity, there is a traditional belief that
the world was given to people to conquer
. Christians had a theology that justified
their use and abuse of the planet in the interest of productivity and advancement (modernisation).
Buddhism does not have a belief that
encourages respect for the planet, but also does not have one that justifies blatant abuse
Also, Jews and Christians have been predominant in benefits from the
the Industrial revolution
These societies have been most damaging to the environment through
mass production and its machinery, factories, open mining and deforestation
Buddhists have populations in
very different types of societies (mainly Asia) which have been much slower in taking on industrialisation.
so, in a sense, what is of no real connection to traditional Buddhism?
the external world (and the environment)
why no connection?
they believe it is immaterial in reaching enlightenment
what is an area where Buddhists can influence the future of their belief system and major world event?
As there is no real attempt to correct past abuses (as among contemporary Christians)
Buddhism is a major force in many countries that are
struggling with oppressive governments (Myanmar, China) and social inequality, in addition to being under effect of climate change
There are clearly forms of Buddhism that have proven they can
reshape the Buddha’s essential message in order to be relevant to current issues, while other forms seem to belong in the past