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Ruben Habito, professor of world religions and spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher, Maria Kannon Zen Center, Dallas, Texas, also taught at Sophia University, Tokyo, from 1978 to 1989. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun Røshi of the Sanbø Kyødan Zen tradition, he has written Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth (Orbis Books, 1993) and other works in Japanese and English.

 

Abstract of paper given at Buddhism and Ecology conference:
Mountains, Rivers and the Great Earth: Zen Buddhism and the Ecological Question

The paper will consider Zen Buddhism vis-a-vis the question: does it or can it support an ecologically viable worldview and way of life? It will examine the basic marks of Zen Buddhism and the three fruits that come to bear in a practitioner's life, offering reflections on their ecological implications, both positive and negative.

 

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