Sunday, May 20, 2018
Buddhist Communication of the True Roots of the Ecological Crisis
Religion and Social Communication, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2017, 125-141
The attempt to explain the root cause of the ecological crisis has been carried out by environmental philosophers, scientifc experts as well as religious thinkers. Buddhism with its unique approach to the human condition presents its own framework for dealing with the ecological crisis. The Buddhist framework places this issue within the larger reality of humanity being plagued by unwholesome tendencies, namely greed, hatred and delusion. These unwholesome tendencies represent the root poisons causing human spiritual and moral degeneration, which subsequently is manifested in personal and social problems, among them the ecological crisis. This paper applies this Buddhist framework to diagnosing the modern day ecological crisis and asserts that Buddhism needs to communicate its worldview to address negative human tendencies that compound the problem.