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p. 393. Animals and the environmentlocked

  • Damien Keown


Buddhism is said to have a more enlightened attitude than Christianity towards nature. It is perceived as pursuing a path of harmonious integration with nature coupled with a mutual respect within the natural world. ‘Animals and the environment’ argues that although there is truth in this interpretation, taking this to mean that Buddhism is deeply in tune with green issues and animal rights needs qualification. Human beings remain the primary focus of Buddhist teachers. The basic aim of Buddhism is to guide human beings from the darkness of suffering. Buddhist attitudes towards the natural world are complex and sometimes contradictory.

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