A Buddhist Approach to Environmentalism

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1 Sarah Mangum = "This is a lecture given by my professor, Dr. Sid Brown, the chair of the Religion department at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.To learn more about Brown visit her faculty page: http://religion.sewanee.edu/facstaff/brown-sid.php"
2 Ben N = "Professor and Buddhist Dr. Sid Brown explains the efforts of Thai Buddhist monks in the field of environmentalism: preserving land, building sustainable temple communities, and performing rituals that honor the trees and the inter-connected nature of all living things. She also talks about the implications the Buddhist philosophy and worldview has on modern consumer culture. She explains that our own craving for possessions and worldly delights drives the corporate-industrial system that is the root cause of our ecological crisis, and that the best way we can combat pollution, deforestation, etc. is by addressing the root cause: our own craving."