Environment & Ecology
Buddhism and Nature | Leslie E. Sponsel
LA 55
The life of Buddha has been intimately associated with nature with his teachings in Buddhism depicting the acknowledgement of a monistic world view with all life, including humans, being subject to the laws of nature. Buddhism, inherently, advocates respect and reverence to nature. It is environmental in principle and is important in environmental conservation, landscape architecture and other allied fields.
Natural Wisdom

Dhamma refers to the teachings of the Buddha. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a famous Thai scholar and forest monk, writes: 'Everything arising out of Dhamma, everything born from Dhamma, is what we mean by "nature." This is what is absolute and has the highest power in itself. Nature has at least four aspects: nature itself; the law of nature; the duty that human beings must carry out toward nature; and the result that comes with performing this duty according to the law of nature.' Bhikkhu Bodi elaborates on the mutual relevance of Buddhism and nature: 'With its philosophical insight into the interconnectedness and thoroughgoing interdependence of all conditioned things, with its thesis that happiness is to be found through the restraint of desire in a life of contentment rather than through the proliferation of desire, with its goal of enlightenment through renunciation and contemplation and its ethic of non-injury and boundless loving-kindness for all beings, Buddhism provides all the essential elements for a relationship to the natural world characterized by respect, care, and compassion.

 


ISSUE NO: 55
Faith and Nature
FAITH AND NATURE

M. N. Ashish Ganju

RESONANCE
Vikram Soni

'TO BELONG' IS FAITH IN THE NATURE OF THINGS
Savyasaachi

BUDDHISM AND NATURE: TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPES
Leslie E. Sponsel


THE PERFORMATIVE LANDSCAPE OF DASHASHWAMEDH GHAT, VARANASI
Amita Sinha

BRAJ: CULTURAL LANDSCAPE FOR BHAKTI
Divay Gupta


MESSAGE OF NEW NIRVANA? SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM, DELHI
Geeta Wahi Dua


LANDSCAPING THE ENVIRONS OF THE HOLY KA'BA
Mohammad Shaheer


PAINTING THE LARGER PICTURE: SIROHI'S ECOLOGICAL CANVAS
Rupal Rathore

TREESCAPES
Golak Khandual

Nature in the City
'TAG' THE TREE

Geeta Wahi Dua

Tribute
THE DAUNTLESS CRUSADER OF THE ENVIRONMENT: DR. DHRUBAJYOTI GHOSH

Suptendu P. Biswas


REMEMBERING DHRUBAJYOTI GHOSH
Dhruba Das Gupta

Landscape Design
REVIVAL OF AN URBAN LAKE: GOPI TALAO, SURAT

Urban Initiatives, Surat

A RIDGE, A PEAK & SOME COFFEE: JAVA RAIN RESORT, CHIKMAGALUR
FICUS Landscape Architects, Bengaluru

TAJ GANJ: DESIGN OF URBAN LANDSCAPE AND OPEN SPACES
Archohm, Noida

People's Narratives
MEDIAN AS PLAY SPACE - GARIAHAT: CHESS CLUB

Divya Saraf

Seeing the Unseen
OH MOON!

Flights of Hope
ENGAGING WITH NATURE

Book Review
MYRIAD PATHS TO NURTURING NATURE
BOOK: FLIGHTS OF HOPE

Review by Meera Godbole - Krishnamurthy

INSPIRING REFERENCE FOR BEAUTY AND SOCIAL ASPIRATIONS
BOOK: AUROVILLE ARCHITECTS MONOGRAPH SERIES:
PIERO AND GLORIA CICIONESI

Review by Madhu Pandit


LITERARY LANDSCAPES
BOOK: THE MAKING OF EARLY KASHMIR:
LANDSCAPE AND IDENTITY IN THE RAJATARANGINI

Review by Pushkar Sohoni

Garden Calendar
MONSOON

Grotech Landscape Developers Pvt. Ltd






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