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Jeffrey Hopkins 

Abstract of paper given at Buddhism and Ecology conference:
Tibetan Buddhism and Concern for the Environment: Real or Imagined

To recognize the possible contributions of Tibetan Buddhism to environmental ethics, it is important first to take note of Tibetan attitudes and practices that are anti-environment--such as short-term outlook in worldly matters, other-worldliness in religious matters, and strong forms of provincialism. Then it is more likely that we can be successful in highlighting Tibetan perspectives that promote a workable environmental ethic--such as agricultural techniques of nomads and the effects of an educational system that stimulates an inner world of the metaphysical imagination.

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