Respect for life : can Zen Buddhism help in forming an environmental ethic?
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Zen Buddhism has an enviable respect for life. Buddhism promises to chasten human desires and thirsts, to fit humans into their sources, their surrounding world. But there is a series of challenges to Zen Buddhism. Compassion to wild animals? Buddha nature in a lotus flower? Saving endangered species and ecosystems? A challenge to Zen is to use its insights to help form an environmental ethic--East and West.