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The Dharma of Mountains and Waters: Buddhism, Nature, and the Wild

A Hundere Lecture with William Edelglass

Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This talk will explore the relationship between some aspects of Buddhism and environmental thought.  It will begin with an overview of how contemporary Buddhist practitioners and thinkers often conceive of Buddhism as singularly attuned to the more-than-human world, before focusing on the work of the thirteenth century Zen thinker, Dogen.  According to Dogen, mountains and waters proclaim the Buddha dharma.  Finally, it will address how Dogen's thinking inspires thinking about contemporary environmental challenges.

William Edelglass is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Marlboro College in Vermont.  He has been a teacher in a variety of settings, including a prison in New York, a Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal, and for many years as a wilderness guide at Outward Bound; for several years he taught Western philosophy to Tibetan monks at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India.  Prof. Edelglass is co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy, and also of Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings (Oxford University Press 2009), the Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2011), and Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought as well as serving on the executive committee of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy.


Memorial Union (campus map)
206: Asian/Pacific-American
Robert Peckyno
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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