Nature with Soul, Nature without Soul: Environmental Ethics in Jainism and Buddhism
A South Asia without Borders Series Lecture by
Christopher Key Chapple
Professor, Indic and Comparative Theology
Loyola Marymount University
Friday, February 10, 2017
12 pm, 273 Social Sciences & Humanities
Jainism posits that rocks, drops of water, and even gusts of wind carry individual, particular
monads of consciousness that merit protection. Buddhism, depending upon its geographical
location on and moment in time, tends to see no abiding presence, no notion of soul. Both traditions,
nonetheless have come to the defense of nature, most notably through the legal work of L.M. Singhvi
(Jainism) and the daily practice taught by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist). This presentation will explore
the underlying ethics of respect for life that informs both traditions.
Please see attached flyer!
Lunch will be provided!