Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Abstract

How do we begin to uncover and address the root causes of unsustainability and of human suffering? Furthermore, is it possible to address both the well-being of people and the well-being of the environment, or must we sacrifice one for the sake of the other?

This paper seeks to address these questions concerning the interconnections between issues of environmental sustainability and human well-being, through the lens of Zen Buddhism. Zen has much to offer regarding the fundamentally human experiences of suffering, compassion, and interconnectedness. Furthermore, it teaches that not only can we address the well-being of people and nature in tandem, but that we must, for they are inextricably linked.

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