Nature with Soul, Nature without Soul: Environmental Ethics in Jainism and Buddhism


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!