To: alt.zen,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.religion.buddhism,talk.religion.buddhism,alt.philosophy.zen,talk.religion.misc,talk.environment,alt.buddha.short.fat.guy From: firstname.lastname@example.org (!) Subject: Zen and Ecology Date: 20 Jan 1999 12:55:07 -0800 Timothy Hayes
: | To all: invitation received, thank you | I am giving a presentation at my University concerning World | Religions and Environmental Ethics. The religion/belief | system I am presenting is Zen Buddhism.... | 1. On the whole, as Zen Buddhists, this text does not arise from one grounded in the Buddhism of Zen, though it may find its way out of zen buddhism | what are your ideas towards conservation of the environment? rectification of names is important; environment begins to mean "surrounding garden area" rather than "wild home of all species" 'conservation' is use-centered in that it treats Terra as a kind of 'limited resource' which we must conserve in order to obtain maximum product in our exploitation; 'preservation' and, in today's ecologically impoverished and worsening circumstance, 'restoration' are more compassionate and respectful ignorant human progenation plus wasteful exploitation and consumption of other beings, magnified through the use of technological innovation, results in the devastation of Terra which serves as Buddha's birthright the Eight-fold Path to Nirvana should be emphasized, inclusive of ecological and beneficent values, as leading to great personal and social climax in liberation. education concerning not only sexuality and conception avoidance, but also of ideals of ahimsa and its realistic adherence, coupled with emphasis on LIMITED, TARGETTED technological use for efficient purposes, can speed ahimsic restoration | 2. What is the main intrinsic value of your 'belief system'. emphasis is placed upon propitious movement, intentional living, and preservational elegance. showcasing the qualities of generosity and compassion as indicative of goal-states, this provides the foundation from which even beginners can come to abide helpful behavioral standards | 3. What value does Zen place on nature? 'nature' is more and more often seen as somehow separate from human enterprise at a cost of alienation and discomfort. treated as a thing, 'nature' is either to be conquered or dominated into submission and exploitation Zen ideally uses imagery and reflections of nonhuman nature as connective, instructive devices for the purposes of inspiring a greater degree of resourceful relaxation, holding the wild up as the exemplary, intense perfected realization at its worst, Zen forgets the relevance of the nonhuman world in a hurry to achieve nonsensical, disconnected and horribly ignorant states of mind, glorifying itself infinitely | 4. What value does Zen place on humans? human experience is the foundation from which Zen proceeds. humans per se are not ideally glorified over other species or spiritual entities, and while moralistic values are generally expressed within cultures that provide havens for sitting, emphasis is always upon individual process and hir waking to ever-changing reality | I have done a fair bit of research concerning this topic, | I just wanted a 'real' perspective. I am a biased and solitary source disconnected from the Zen Buddhist community but through tenuous textual references and occasional personal interactions
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