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A spiritual dimension and environmental education: Buddhism and environmental crisis
Procedia-social and Behavioral Sciences
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2011
Pages: 5063 - 5068
Sources ID: 35191
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
Buddhists believe that a well-trained mind that is developed to its highest capacity of intuitive insight and wisdom can helpresolve environmental problems through its adherence to the Five Precepts and pursuance of the Eightfold Path to the cessation of suffering, as well as through showing loving-kindness and good-will to all. Buddhists also believe that selflessness and kindness are essential human characteristics which are needed for a peaceful society. It is argued in this paper that these beliefs represent a set of deeply-embedded cultural values that have shaped, as well as constrained, environmental education in schools and elsewhere in Buddhist countries.