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Graham Parkes is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii and a former senior fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions. He is the editor of Heidegger and Asian Thought (University of Hawaii Press, 1987) and Nietzsche and Asian Thought (University of Chicago Press, 1991), translator of Nishitani Keiji's The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism (State University of New York Press, 1990), and author of Composing the Soul: Reaches of Nietzsche's Psychology (University of Chicago Press, 1994).

Abstract of paper given at Buddhism and Ecology conference:
The Cosmic Buddha Teaches Through Rocks and Trees: D˘gen and Deep Ecology

The conceptions of nature to be found in the worldview of D˘gen would appear to be quite salutary for the environment. But perhaps the affirmation of all things as partaking in the dharmakaya, or as being Buddha-nature, might lead to an unhelpfully quietistic attitude toward environmental problems. A comparison with the worldview of "deep ecology" is instructive.

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