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 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.