Religion and Ecology in India and Southeast Asia

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Religion - 224 pages
What part can Hindu and Buddhist traditions play in resolving the ecological problems facing India and South East Asia? David Gosling's exciting study, based on extensive fieldwork, is of global significance: the creation of more sustainable relationships between people and the natural world is one of the most urgent social and environmental problems of the new millennium. David Gosling looks at the religions historically and from a contemporary perspective.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Ecology and Hindu Tradition
16
3 Ecology and Modern India
34
4 Struggles for the Forests
51
5 Ecology and Buddhism
68
A Case Study
86
7 India Since Independence
110
8 Signs of Hope
136
9 Expanding Our Horizons
159
Medicinal Plants Identified in Thailand
176
Indian NonGovernmental Organizations
181
Select Glossary
188
Notes
190
Select Bibliography
201
Index
205
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David L. Gosling trained as a nuclear physicist and more recently was the first Spalding Fellow in Religions at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he is currently based. He was Director of Church and Society at the World Council of Churches at the University of Geneva and has published widely on environmental issues in south Asia.

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