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Donald Swearer is the Charles and Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses in Asian and comparative religions. He was the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hawaii in 1993 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1994. His recent publications include The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (SUNY Press, 1995) and The Legend of Queen Cama (SUNY, 1998).

Abstract of paper given at Buddhism and Ecology conference:
The Hermeneutics of Buddhist Ecology in Contemporary Thailand Buddhadasa and Dhammapitaka

Buddhadasa, the Thai Sangha's most innovative interpreter, and Dhammapitaka, its most respected scholar, have both lectured and written on the topic of Buddhism and the environment. Each monk, furthermore, develops a distinctive hermeneutic based on his particular reading of the text and tradition. This paper will first analyze their distinctive constructions of Buddhist ecology; it will then assess their views in the light of Ian Harris's critique of "green Buddhism."

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