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Green Dharma explores the ecological and environmental teachings of Buddhism, particularly the relationship between Dharma (nature) and Deep Ecology, and looks at some of the  ways in which Buddhists are addressing the world’s environmental issues.

In the context of this course, Dharma (also known as Dhamma by many Buddhists) is nature, natural truth, natural law and the teachings of Buddha. Buddhism—and its Dharma—is a spiritual, philosophic approach based on acceptance and compassion for all living things through a reverence and compassion for all beings or all forms of life. This approach, along with Deep Ecology, points toward the development of a spirituality, a higher consciousness or awareness which would recognize and integrate spiritual values toward nature.

In this course we explore Buddhist views of nature, both contemporary and historical. Is the formulation of positive ecological and environmental values the basis for assuming a wise stewardship role toward the earth? We also look at some examples of how Buddhists round the word are responding to contemporary environmental issues.

Of course, what we need most are human  responses to the environmental crisis rather than "Buddhist" ones; when the Buddhist label is used here, it is almost always used in that spirit. Kenneth Kraft

Buddhism is a spiritual approach which emphasizes ecological values. Green Dharma focuses on the Buddhist view of "One" world that is home to all known life.  While Buddhism is an ancient and complex belief system, consciousness of the threat of global environmental destruction is relatively new.