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How Much Is Enough?: buddhism, consumerism, and the human environment

by Richard K Payne

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The massive outpouring of consumer products available today might alone lead one to ask “How much is enough?” But at the same time, if we allow ourselves to see the social, political, economic and environmental consequences of the system that produces such a mass of “goods,” then the question is not simply a matter of one’s own personal choice, but points to the profound interconnectedness of our day to day decisions about “How much is enough?” The ease with which we can acquire massive quantities of food, clothing, kitchenware, and various electronic goods directly connects each of us with not only environmental degradation caused by strip mining in West Virginia, and with sweat shops and child labor in India or Africa, but also with the ongoing financial volatility of Western capitalist economies, and the increasing discrepancies of wealth in all countries.

This interconnectedness is the human environment, a phrase intended to point toward the deep interconnection between the immediacy of our own lives, including the question of “How much is enough?,” and both the social and natural worlds around us. This collection brings together essays from an international conference jointly sponsored by Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. The effects of our own decisions and actions on the human environment is examined from several different perspectives, all informed by Buddhist thought. The contributors are all simultaneously Buddhist scholars, practitioners and activists—thus the collection is not simply a conversation between these differing perspectives, but rather demonstrates the integral unity of theory and practice for Buddhism.

REVIEWS
“This erudite collection sheds new light on the interplay of Buddhism and environmentalism. As a discipline, Buddhism and ecology encompasses precise scholarship and ardent calls to action. The contributors handle the complexities with aplomb.” —Kenneth Kraft, author of The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism

“In this time of global environmental and economic crisis, Buddhism and ecology—Buddhist economics—have become topics of major interest. This outstanding collection of essays makes an important contribution to our normative and historical understanding of both areas.” —Donald K. Swearer, co-author of Ecology and the Environment

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard K. Payne is Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. A member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theolo-gical Union, he is also a collaborating researcher with the Open Research Center for the Humanities, Science, and Religion at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. He is an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest, and editor of Tantric Buddhism in East Asia.

How Much Is Enough?: buddhism, consumerism, and the human environment

ISBN / Product Code: 9780861716852

Format: Paperback

Length: 240 pages

Size: 230 x 152mm

Availability: In stock

Price: $A 31.95


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