How Much is Enough? - Table of Contents

Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment


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Editor’s Preface: “How Much Is Enough?”: Buddhism and the Human Environment (Richard K. Payne)        


Introduction: Just How Much Is Enough? (Richard K. Payne)          
Global Perspectives on the Environment  
Contents of the Collection   
Final Thoughts         

Buddhist Environmentalism in Contemporary Japan (Duncan Ryūken Williams)
“To the Honorable Mitsui Real Estate Company: Plants and Trees Have Buddha Nature”    
Establishment Buddhism and Sect-Wide Environmentalism: The Case of the Sōtō Zen “Green Plan”         
Japanese Engaged Buddhism and the Search for an Alternative Paradigm: The Case of Jukōin Temple     
Conservative Japanese Buddhist Environmentalism in Local and Global Contexts     

How Much Is Enough?: Buddhist Perspectives on Consumerism (Stephanie Kaza)
The Scope and Impact of Consumption    
Traditional Critiques of Consumerism      
Buddhist Critiques   
Buddhist Methods for Liberation   
Buddhist Consumer Activism         

Pure Land Buddhism and Its Perspective on the Environment (Mitsuya Dake)   
Pure Land Buddhism and the Environment        
The Ecological Perspectives Seen in the Idea of the Pure Land 
The Tension between the Ideal and the Actual in Buddhism    
Shinran’s Radical Understanding of the Pure Land and the Environment      

Gary Snyder’s Ecosocial Buddhism (David Landis Barnhill)
Buddhism, Environmentalism, and Politics           
The Anarchist Tradition      
The Nature of Reality          
Snyder’s Buddhist Ecosocial Critique        
The Ideal: Eco-Buddhist Anarchism          
The Path       

A Buddhist Economics to Save the Earth (Shinichi Inoue)
Borrowing from the Cosmos           
Environmental Education   
The Environmental and Social Assessment of Industries           
Agriculture as an Earth-Friendly Industry           
Unrestrained Consumption
The Buddhist Approach to Money 
Avoiding Waste by Recycling          

The Noble Eightfold Path as a Prescription for Sustainable Living (Tetsunori Koizumi)
The Manifest versus the Latent World      
The Manifest World as a Space for Interdependent Systems    
The Noble Eightfold Path as a Set of Complementary Principles           
The Noble Eightfold Path as a State of Systemic Balance
The Noble Eightfold Path as a Law of Conservation of Matter-Energy 

The Debate on Taking Life and Eating Meat in the Edo-Period Jōdo Shin Tradition (Ikuo Nakamura)
Taking Life and the Idea of the Karmic Wheel     
The Conversion of the Human-Animal Relation   
The Jōdo Shinshū Discussion of “Taking Life and Eating Meat”
Hōonji Temple’s Manaita-biraki      

Is “Buddhist Environmentalism” a Contradiction in Terms? (Malcolm David Eckel)

The Early Buddhist Tradition and Ecological Ethics (Lambert Schmithausen)
Preliminary Considerations
Nature in the Context of the Ultimate Evaluation of Existence  
Origination in Dependence and Ecological Ethics
Early Buddhist Spirituality and Ethics in Relation to
Ecological Ethics       
Intramundane Evaluations of Nature       
The Status of Animals          


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