Section VII: Reimagining and Reinventing the Wisdom Traditions—B
Track 3: How Does Buddhist Nondual Process Thought Respond to the Global Crisis?
Lourdes Arguelles, chair
Avery 201, Pitzer College
Westerners, especially process thinkers have come to appreciate nondual thought and to hope that it will help the world to overcome its alienation from nature. Buddhists developed rigorous nondual thinking two and a half millennia ago. This track will ask what a variety of forms of Buddhism have experienced and learned that can give guidance to us today.
- What can we say about the environmental history of the different Buddhist traditions?
- How can the non dual wisdom of the Buddhist traditions help us understand and navigate our current crises?
- Do the cosmological dualism and focus on individual salvation in certain Buddhist practices contribute to the indifference of practitioners toward the eco-crisis?
- Can the archetype of the Bodhisattva guide us in emulating the Earth’s generosity toward us?
- Can Buddhist practices aimed at the deconstruction and critical reconstruction of the self encourage social engagement, including eco-dharma?
- How can we overcome our deep rooted self- centered habits so that we can work more compassionately for the healing of the Earth?
- From different Buddhist perspectives, what is it about humans that makes us both so similar and so different from other species?
- What are some of the Buddhist-oriented critiques of the new economic order’s contribution to environmental destruction?
- What are some important local, national, and international examples of eco-dharma?